Braving through thick fog and piles of discarded trash, thousands of volunteers flocked to The City’s beaches and waterways Saturday morning as part of a statewide effort to spiff up the coastline.
Participants spent as long as three hours stuffing plastic bags with all sorts of strange debris, including fast-food wrappers, damp clothing and shattered shards of old television sets. Several people got lucky and found a few dollar bills and some change along the way.
“We’ll do anything to keep our coasts clean,” said Judy Yanover, who joined fellow co-workers of The City’s Fairmont Hotel, an event sponsor, at one of the cleanup sites at Candlestick Point.
Last year, more than 2,500 volunteers picked up about 17,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from The City’s ocean and Bay coastlines, according to Denise Shea, the associate director of volunteer management for the Golden Gate Park National Conservancy.
Statewide, more than 60,000 people contributed to the effort, removing more than 900,000 pounds of litter.
“The ironic thing about the cleanup [in San Francisco] is that about 80 percent of the volunteers participate on the west side, and last year 70 percent of the trash collected came from the east side,” Shea said.