Did you know that by 2050, the number of plastics floating in our oceans is projected to be greater than the number of fish? This startling statistic has us here at Sundial Apartment Homes wanting to do our part to preserve our beautiful oceans and beaches. Here’s what we’re doing and how you can help too!

Every summer, those of us at AMC and our families come together to collect trash on our beaches in an effort to keep them clean. While social distancing measures are keeping us from getting together in person this year, we’re still asking for your help for a “virtual” cleanup!

On July 25 (or another day that works for you during the month), get together with members of your immediate household and conduct your own beach and park cleanup in Anaheim! These small efforts can lead to big results for our beautiful beaches and parks. Here’s why we should keep our parks and beaches clean, what you’ll need to get started, and how to stay safe.

Why Keep Our Parks and Beaches Clean?

Cleaning up beaches and parks is satisfying, helps wildlife and the economy, and is a good activity for a healthy lifestyle.

“There is satisfaction to say, ‘I removed ten pounds of trash from my beach,’” says Kara Lavender Law, a research oceanography professor. “Even if it’s only ten pounds, that’s ten pounds that isn’t going to go into the open ocean.”

In addition to protecting wildlife, “clean beaches provide economic benefit to local communities in the form of tourism dollars,” says Laura Parker at National Geographic. “In southern California, researchers calculated that in Orange County alone that potential could translate into $46 million in just one summer.”

Whether you clean up nearby Harry Dotson or Stanton Central parks or take a drive to Bolsa Chica or Sunset beaches, you’re making the world a more beautiful place. As an added personal bonus, beach cleanup is a great workout too!

What You’ll Need to Get Started

Now that you have July 25 set aside for beach cleanup, gather your supplies! You’ll need the following:

  • Trash bags
  • Paper lawn and refuse bags for yard waste
  • Gloves
  • Brooms, dustpans, and buckets for cigarette butts and glass
  • First aid kit
  • Personal water bottle and energy-packed snacks

How to Stay Safe

With social distancing measures still in place, your crew will likely be small, with only your immediate household members. If you are expanding your cleanup group to include friends and extended family, consider this CDC advice: “When guests arrive, minimize gestures that promote close contact. For example, don’t shake hands, do elbow bumps, or give hugs. Instead wave and verbally greet them.” And in keeping with California’s mask mandate, wear your mask “when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible.”

Cleaning up beaches and parks really makes a difference and is a fun and memorable summer activity. So join us for our beach and park cleanup in Anaheim on July 25 or anytime during the month of July! Tag Sundial Apartment Homes in your photos and use the hashtags #AMCcleanup and #livehappy. We can’t wait to see the difference you are making!