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Do you love our beaches and ocean? Help us keep them free from toxic cigarette butt litter.

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ORGANIZATION: SURFRIDER FOUNDATION Ventura County Chapter

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If you're someone that loves to be outdoors and cares about keeping toxic cigarette butt litter out of our ocean this might be a great fit for you. Surfrider Ventura County Chapter has over 100 ashcans installed throughout the city to prevent cigarette butt litter from entering our storm drains, waterways, and ocean.

We are looking for individuals that can commit to emptying several ashcans within a pre-specified area on a regular basis (some are emptied every 2 weeks, some every month, etc.). You will also be responsible for estimating the number of cigarette butts that are collected from each can and recording this information on a spreadsheet so that we can use the data to make sure we are placing the ashcans in spots where they are getting maximal usage.

This program began in 2016 and is wildly successful, resulting in the collection of over a quarter of a million cigarette butts. All of the butts we collect are recycled through Terracycle so we also keep them out of the landfill.

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About SURFRIDER FOUNDATION Ventura County Chapter

Location:

PO Box 1028, Ventura, CA 93002, US

Mission Statement

The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.

Description

It all started at Surfers’ Point...

We recognize that all things are connected and everything we do impacts our coastline. To this end, for the past two decades we have been working on integrated solutions to the problems that face our ocean, waves, and beaches.

In the early 1990’s, a group of ocean enthusiasts were dismayed and angered by the threat of beach armoring at Surfers’ Point, which would have destroyed the surf break and the beach. This group founded the Ventura County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.

Over 20 years later, we are a vibrant chapter that comprises volunteers interested in all aspects of beach and ocean protection. Check out our campaigns, stop by a general meeting (first Tuesday night of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Patagonia - Great Pacific Iron Works, 235 W. Santa Clara Street, Ventura, CA 93001 - All are welcome!). Volunteer with the chapter. Become a member. Whatever your skills and interests are, you can find a way to use them to protect the ocean you love.

And, in case you were wondering what happened at Surfers’ Point... It was saved by the dedication of Surfrider members, and is being developed into an example of positive beach management for coasts everywhere.

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Community
Environment
Community, Environment

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

TBDVentura, CA 93003

(34.29853,-119.22045)
 

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REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Most ashcans need to be emptied monthly and it can take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours to empty the cans depending on how many the volunteer is responsible for, if they walk or drive, etc. We will work with volunteers to determine a suitable schedule.
  • Ability to walk the ashcan route and carry a bucket.

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