This Saturday, volunteers are needed to put on some gloves and collect small pieces of trash, like firecracker shells or golf tees, and larger pieces of junk, like a city of Lodi barricades and a large zip-locked bag of fresh grapes.
All of these items were found in 2009 during the Lodi version of the statewide California Coastal Cleanup Day in 2009. The cleanup included a record-setting 328 volunteers collecting 1,500 pounds of trash from Lodi Lake Park and the Mokelumne River, said Kathy Grant, the city's watershed education coordinator.
Volunteers are needed for the eigth annual event this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
Gloves, bags, grapplers and refreshments will be provided, but volunteers must wear work clothes, closed-toe shoes, gloves, hats and sunblock.
Each year, there are about 40,000 volunteers at 400 cleanup sites throughout California, and Guinness World Records has labeled it as "the largest garbage collection."
For the first time, volunteers at the Lodi event will be able to recycle their electronics. The San Joaquin County Public Works department, Walmart and Waste Management will also offer education on how to reduce waste.
Volunteers will be divided into teams of 10 to 12. Each team will be responsible for one section of the lake or park area. Once the area is cleaned, the team will sort and record all the trash that they have found.
The records are sent to The Ocean Conservancy's international database to aid in monitoring marine pollution.
All volunteers need to sign a waiver of liability form. For volunteers under 18, a parent or guardian needs to sign the slip before the event. You can print the forms in English or Spanish if you go onto www.lodi.gov and click on the cleanup's link.