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Volunteers to scour Tahoe shore for trash

Ryan Salm/Sierra SunA small pile of trash sits on the sand at Kings Beach on Wednesday. A coastal clean-up day is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in Kings Beach.

North Tahoe residents will help remove discarded trash from Lake Tahoe’s shores Saturday, joining other seaside, lake and river communities around California in the 22nd annual Coastal Clean Up Day.

Hosted by the League to Save Lake Tahoe, the local beach cleanup will be conducted at the Kings Beach State Recreation Area from 9 a.m. to noon.

This trash-collecting event differs from others because participants will itemize everything they collect. The data will identify the types, amounts and sources of trash, information that can be used in outreach efforts.

Last year 40 participants collected an estimated 265 pounds of trash and 15 pounds of recyclable material, said Lily Galli of the League to Save Lake Tahoe, who is coordinating the event.

“It’s kind of amazing at the end to see how much human-generated debris there is,” said Galli. “It’s amazing what these figures are.”

Coastal clean-up volunteers have picked up more than 12 million pounds of trash since the first California Coastal Clean Up Day in 1985, according to the California Clean Up Commission’s Web site.

“It’s a very worthwhile doing because we did pick up bags and bags of debris,” said Jerry Wotel, a Tahoe Vista resident who participated in the event last year. “It kind of gives you a good appreciation … [to] keep your neighborhood clean.”

This is the event’s third year in Kings Beach. Galli said she would like to see the annual program expand to other North Shore beaches in the future, incorporating kayaks to transport participants to beaches with difficult access.

“You get tons of trash and pounds of recycling, and everyone turns in figures at noon to the California Clean Up Commission,” Galli said.

Donuts and muffins will be provided Saturday morning along with trash bags and a data card.

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