More than 530 participants showed up at Torrance Beach over the weekend for an annual charity day.

Volunteers from the city met at Miramar Park for coffee and breakfast before heading out to Torrance Beach. The event was part of Coastal Cleanup Day, an annual event coordinated by the California Coastal Commission, Los Angeles Department of Beaches and Harbors, Heal the Bay and the Ocean Conservancy. The event is part of an effort to bring awareness to the amount of waste used and how we treat our environment.

Participating groups included members from the City of Torrance, Honda and the Torrance Chamber of Commerce, as well as other local residents. The volunteers spent the morning picking up more than 275 pounds of trash at Torrance Beach. The majority of the trash collected consisted of cigarette butts, plastics and small pieces of foam packaging materials. There were also some unexpected items found in the mix including a stroller, bicycle seat and a broken surfboard.

The clean up was followed by a free Carl’s Jr. lunch provided by Honda for the first 300 volunteers, and refreshments were available throughout the day courtesy of Gourmet Grindz and the Torrance Tribune.

Many of the participants volunteered for up to six hours, helping with the sign-in tables, handing out and collecting supplies, as well as passing out giveaway items. This is the 26th year for Coastal Cleanup Day. Over the years, volunteers throughout Los Angeles County have collected more than 1.7 million pounds of trash.

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