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Over 60,000 Volunteers Helped Pick Up over 620,000 Pounds of Trash from California's Beaches Today

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The California Coastal Commission's annual Cleanup Day is considered the world's largest trash-collecting event, and today tens of thousands of volunteers of all ages and walks of life spent the morning on the shore of the Pacific pitching in to get rid of all the junk left behind.

With only 65 percent of the clean up sites tallied, 61,872 volunteers were counted as helping out with the effort," said Eben Schwartz, Coastal Cleanup Day director, as noted by the OC Register, who took part in "picking up 620,063 pounds of trash, and 57,389 pounds of recycling." That number is expected to rise dramatically as the rest of the sites report their numbers for today's endeavor.