More than 66,000 people picked up cans, bottles and other trash along California's beaches, rivers and lakes during this year's annual Coastal Cleanup. And they also picked up the pace of public participation in the state's largest volunteer event, ending three years in a row of declining turnout.
The final numbers from the Sept. 20 event, released this past week, show that 1,129,332 pounds of debris were collected statewide this year -- an increase of 51 percent from last year.
And the 66,292 people who joined in the cleanup effort to haul in all that trash surpassed last year, when 58,158 volunteers turned out for the Saturday morning event.
--From San Jose Mercury News