Fallbrook Beautification Alliance sets spring Clean Up Day for April 21


Last updated 4/24/2018 at 12:45am

Carmen Willard and her grandson Felix Alcorn are volunteers with the Fallbrook Beautification Alliance's Clean Up Day.

FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Beautification Alliance has scheduled its spring communitywide Clean Up Day, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 21, in conjunction with the statewide California Creek to Bay Cleanup held by I Love a Clean San Diego.

In celebration of Earth Day last year in San Diego County alone, the event brought together over 6,580 volunteers, local businesses, community organizations and government agencies, all working toward the same goal: a cleaner and healthier county.

At 112 sites, volunteers removed 194,169 pounds of litter and debris. Locally, the Fallbrook Beautification Alliance is partnering with the Fallbrook Land Conservancy and Mission Resource Conservation District to expand the impact of the event. Fallbrook residents will have an opportunity to participate in cleanup activities organized by these groups, targeting local parks, trailheads and open spaces as well as picking up litter on select neighborhood streets and roadways.

Roadside debris is often the result of deliberate or accidental actions. Improperly covered trash bins, litter, debris left in streets and parks and items thrown from cars or uncovered truck beds, all end up along our roadways, impacting the beauty and health of Fallbrook. This litter may also travel through storm drains, before landing on shorelines or settling in the ocean.

All interested volunteers are encouraged to register in advance at http://www.creektobay.org, select "Clean Up Sites" to choose the FBA's Fallbrook Clean-Up Site listed under "Zone 2 North County Inland, Downtown Fallbrook." On the day of the event, participants are to meet in downtown Fallbrook at the parking lot on Alvarado Street located between the Fallbrook Art Center and the Fallbrook Library, where they will be assigned a park or area to collect debris. Student volunteering can earn community service hours.

The popular "Bling Your Bucket" art contest is open to for children of all ages. Winners will receive great prizes and have their picture posted on the Cleanup Day website for one year. Decorate a bucket and bring it to the cleanup to use instead of a plastic bag.

Photographers may enter a contest by submitting a photo that highlights zero waste habits in action, like wearing reusable work gloves or bringing reusable water bottles while helping clean up Fallbrook. The winner of this contest will win a Sony Cybershot Camera.

Rules and judging information for these and other related activities may be found on the clean-up day website and will be available at the event.

Bags, gloves and water will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to help reduce their use, by bringing along their own reusable bucket or burlap, gardening gloves and reusable water bottle. All interested volunteers are welcome, including walk-ins and groups.

Note that every volunteer needs to sign a waiver, available on the website and anyone under the age of 18 needs a parent or guardian signature to participate.

Additional information about the Fallbrook Beautification Alliance and other exciting projects underway to enhance Fallbrook, may be found at http://www.fallbrookbeautification.org.

Trash collected during the 2017 Spring Fallbrook Beautification Alliance's Clean Up Day is relocated to a dumpster.


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