Tomorrow’s a really, really busy day for environmentalists. Sometime between digging dirt with fellow locavores, prettying up parks with fellow treehuggers, and dropping off drugs for environmentally safe disposal, I hope you can fit in volunteering at Coastal Cleanup Day!

A whole bunch of different environmental groups are behind this annual international event, when coastal areas around the world get an eco-cleanse. The Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup website has listings of events happening around the world this Saturday, Sept. 25, from from 9 am to noon — though to find more detailed information about the specific events closest to you, I suggest googling “coastal cleanup” along with the name of your city, county, or state.

For example, Coastal Cleanup Day events in California are coordinated by the California Coastal Commission. Even closer to home for me, the 60 or so events in Los Angeles County are coordinated by the ocean-friendly Santa Monica nonprofit Heal the Bay, whose website has up-to-the-minute detailed information about volunteer sites tomorrow — like which spots are “code red” sites in dire need of cleanup, which sites already have too many volunteers, and where to park if driving. There are even SCUBA dive sites in Santa Monica, Redondo Beach and Leo Carrillo state beach — and a kayak effort in Marina Del Rey!

Already been volunteering at Coastal Cleanup Days for decades? This year, go even greener by taking your bucket, reusable bag, or gloves from home to collect waste — waste free! Dubbed the “BYO for CCD” (bring your own for Coastal Cleanup Day), this new eco initiative seeks to reduce the need for disposable plastic bags and gloves at the cleanup events.

After all, the eco-organizations behind Coastal Cleanup Day are often the ones pushing for bans on disposable plastic bags. Last year, Heal the Bay got a terrible shock when it discovered its cleanup day bags were emblazoned with the logo of the American Chemistry Council — the very industry group Heal the Bay’s been fighting tooth and nail in order to pass a plastic bag ban or tax in the L.A. area!

If you’re the type of anti-plastic activist who’s often felt that it’s sort of ironic to use thousands of disposable plastic bags to address the problem of disposable plastic waste on our beaches, “BYO for CCD” is what you should be telling all your do-gooder friends about before tomorrow morning!

BYO bag to Coastal Cleanup Day
Tomorrow is Coastal Cleanup Day! Make this year's event greener than ever by taking your own buckets, bags, and gloves for a waste-free cleanup.