Coastal cleanup scheduled for the weekend |

Coastal cleanup scheduled for the weekend

Courtesy photoAs part of last year's California Coastal Cleanup Day, volunteers help clean a half mile of beach in Kings Beach collecting hundreds of pounds of trash and recycling. This year's event will focus on cleaning up Moon Dune Beach.

Get your garbage bags ready to help clean up the beaches of North Lake Tahoe.

The 22nd annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, sponsored by the California Coastal Commission as part of an international event to beautify the shoreline, will be held Saturday.

“Everything we do affects the clarity [of Lake Tahoe], and that’s the bottom line,” said Lily Galli, the outreach coordinator with The League to Save Lake Tahoe.

Volunteers will work in pairs to pick up and categorize manmade debris in an effort to not only clean up human-generated trash, but also to identify amounts, type and source of garbage for future public education.

Last year’s coastal cleanup in Kings Beach brought 40 volunteers who helped clean longer than a half mile of shoreline and collect 200 pounds of trash and 15 pounds of recycling in just one morning.

Volunteers even collected full outfits and a porcelain toilet, said Galli. But more than anything, the beaches were littered with cigarette butts.

“[Trash] is so toxic to our wildlife … thousands of cigarette butts, and laying right there next to the trash can,” said Galli.

The cleanup is scheduled from 9 a.m. until noon on Sept. 16 in front of the North Tahoe Community Conference Center in Kings Beach on Saturday.

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