All around the world, people are taking part in the Ocean Conservancy’s beach cleanups. For more than three decades, this event has inspired individuals to lend a hand by cleaning up their local beaches. With more than 8 million metric tons of plastic spilling into the ocean annually, your help is needed to clean up the beaches and parks near Westminster.

Every year, AMC team members and their families unite to pick up litter and clean up local parks and beaches. Due to this year’s COVID-19 restrictions, we won’t be able to gather together for a massive group cleanup. However, don’t let that stop you from organizing your smaller-scale efforts on Saturday, July 25. Together, our efforts can make a significant difference in our local Southern California parks and beaches. Here’s why you should consider a cleanup activity, how to plan it, and how to stay safe.

The Reason for Cleaning Up the Beaches and Parks

Is there anything better than spending a day at the beach or the park with your family and friends? The cool mist of the surf, the warm sand, and the picture-perfect views are custom-made for making lasting memories. Meanwhile, the smell of freshly cut grass and space to fly a kite or kick a ball is perfect for a picnic.

Giving back a little of your time to ensure Huntington Beach or Westminster City Park are clean and tidy can help ensure future, litter-free adventures while helping wildlife and the local economy. As residents who enjoy trips to Seal Beach or Sunset Beach or nearby parks like Bolsa Chica Park or Liberty Park, giving back a few hours feels like a pretty good exchange for years of fun in the sun.

Make a Cleanup Plan

Now that July 25 is marked in your phone’s calendar, it’s time to make a quick list of things you’ll need to bring with you to the beach or the park for cleanup. In addition to some essential tools, we include a few personal items to help you stay healthy and energized:

  • Trash bags
  • Protective gloves
  • DIY trash stick (like a ski pole to “stab” and pick up litter)
  • Sunscreen
  • Facemask
  • Hat
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Healthy snacks (nuts, dried fruits, energy bars, etc.)

Stay Safe

COVID-19 is still a threat to the health of you and your loved ones. Play it safe by keeping your group small so it’s easier to socially distance six feet apart. Be sure to wear your mask responsibly and pay attention to the CDC, which advises: “When guests arrive, minimize gestures that promote close contact. For example, don’t shake hands, do elbow bumps, or give hugs. Instead, wave and verbally greet them.”

Living in Westminster means you’re only minutes away from beautiful beaches and parks. Joining this year’s cleaning effort will provide cleaner shorelines and public spaces and make a difference in your life while setting a positive example for those around you. Tag Pointe Pacific in your photos and use the hashtags #AMCcleanup and #livehappy. Thank you for making a big difference.