Hospitality Workers Clean Up West Beach

Volunteers picked up 146 pounds of trash at West Beach on June 2.
More than 100 volunteers from Santa Barbara-area restaurants and hotels spent two hours June 2 cleaning up West Beach. 
Jenna Driscoll, watershed and marine program associate for Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, said volunteers picked up 146 pounds of trash, including 1,473 cigarette butts, 177 plastic straws, 387 pieces of styrofoam and 1,793 pieces of plastic.
Driscoll said it was the first time Hospitality Santa Barbara, a part of the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce, has worked with Channelkeeper, a 19-year-old South Coast environmental group, on a beach cleanup.
She said the group sponsored another cleanup the day before with various volunteers at East Beach.
The trash the volunteers picked up might have been eaten by birds and other wildlife, Driscoll said. Lately, she said, plastic straws have become a key problem.
The volunteers celebrated their efforts with lunch at the Wayfarer hostel with food and drinks provided by Santa Barbara-area restaurants and beverage purveyors.

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