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Cardiff State Beach Named Dirtiest Beach in San Diego

The dirtiest beach in San Diego County this year was Cardiff State Beach in Encinitas, San Diego Coastkeeper and the Surfrider Foundation of San Diego County reported today.

Cardiff took over the dubious top spot from Mission Beach, the dirtiest last year. The groups said volunteers at their beach clean-up events collected, on average, just over 4 pounds of trash at Cardiff.

The cleanest beach was La Jolla Shores, with 0.58 pounds of refuse per volunteer. More than 9,500 pounds of trash were picked up along beaches this year, nearly 2,000 pounds more than last year, according to the groups' data. They said the number of cigarette butts collected dropped by more than 14,000 from last year, but they still remain the No. 1 item of trash found on area beaches. "Those pesky, little cigarettes are significant, and they continue to harm and destroy San Diego's beautiful beaches in a big way,'' said Haley Jain Haggerstone, chapter coordinator for the Surfrider Foundation.

"We love the increase in our volunteer efforts this year, but we are troubled by the amount of small trash pieces they collected.'' Plastic materials made up a larger portion of the refuse collected. Environmentalists say plastic items pose a threat to wildlife because they don't biodegrade and can sometimes be mistaken for food. The organizations say their volunteers collected more than 52,000 cigarette butts, 18,000 plastic food wrappers, 16,000 pieces of plastic foam and more than 4,400 plastic bags.

–City News Service
Greg Hay December 16, 2013 at 07:29 PM
So the title is bestowed based on "pounds of refuse per volunteer"…??? That's pretty useless (and highly misleading), because all that means is some beaches had more volunteers than others, or had more productive volunteers than others. The ONLY legitimate way to determine such a thing is to take the total pounds collected at a beach, and divide it by the length of the beach (i.e. 4.7lbs of garbage per 100 yards).
Daniel Torres December 17, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Thought it was the embezzling Burbank fire chief and his pals. Wake up Dana, prison is hell.

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