Every year in September, thousands of people get out and clean up their local beaches. Believe it or not, over 300 million pounds of trash have been collected over the past 30 years.

Inspired by these efforts, members of AMC and their families are putting together a cleanup event this July 25. While we can’t gather physically due to the pandemic, we can make small efforts individually that can lead to big results. Here’s what you need to know about the benefits, the cleanup, and the safety.

The Benefits

Cleaning up parks and beaches is not only satisfying but helps it also helps wildlife and the economy to flourish—and it’s a good physical activity for burning some calories.

Whether you go to Baker Ranch Community Park or Alton Park or take a trip to Laguna Main Beach, you’re making California a more beautiful place to live.

The Cleanup

Once you’ve circled July 25 on your calendar or picked the day that works best for you, it’s time to gather supplies for your cleanup. On top of a reusable water bottle and quick-energy snacks, add these supplies to your list:

  • Brooms
  • Dustpans
  • Pails for glass and cigarettes
  • Trash bags
  • Bags for yard waste
  • Gloves
  • First aid kits

The Safety

With coronavirus guidelines still in full effect, your cleanup crew might be a tad bit small this year. If you’re inviting family and friends to join in your cleanup, consider the advice from the CDC and avoid physical contact. And in keeping with California’s new mask mandate, make sure to wear your mask and stay at least six feet apart.

Cleaning up beaches and local parks can really make a difference and is fun. So make an effort to join us on July 25 or anytime during this month. Tag @CrestwoodApartmentHomesLakeForest in your pics and use the hashtag #AMCcleanup and #livehappy. We can’t wait to see the difference you’re making!