FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2018
Media Contact: Nicole Mooradian, (424) 526-7878
DEPARTMENT OF BEACHES AND HARBORS LAUNCHES CAN THE TRASH! CLEAN BEACH POSTER CONTEST
Educational campaign reminds residents that “ocean pollution begins at home.”
MARINA DEL REY, California—Sept. 15, 2018— Did you know that ocean pollution begins at home? With the new Can the Trash! Clean Beach Poster Contest and educational campaign from the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors (DBH), children and families will learn that trash that makes its way to storm drains and other parts of the County’s watershed may eventually end up in the ocean.
The educational campaign includes an original song and video titled “Clean and Blue,” as well as the “Ocean Heroes” activity guide. The activity guide was developed in partnership with Heal the Bay and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. All materials are available online at beaches.lacounty.gov/postercontest.
Students in grades 3 – 5 are encouraged to watch the “Clean and Blue” video and share what they learned by drawing a picture with a message about ways to keep the ocean and beaches clean and healthy, and the importance of doing so. Students’ artwork can then be submitted to the Can the Trash! Clean Beach Poster Contest via the website. Five winners from each grade will have their designs wrapped around trash barrels at Los Angeles County beaches.
“We have a responsibility to keep our ocean and iconic beaches as clean and healthy as possible, and the Can the Trash! Clean Beach Poster Contest is a creative way to promote this mission using the energy and ideas of the next generation,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, whose Fourth District includes the County’s southern beaches. “I’m looking forward to seeing students’ art and environmental messages on beach trash barrels!”
“Through the Can the Trash! Clean Beach Poster Contest and educational campaign, we hope to teach individuals from an early age the importance of keeping our watershed and beaches free of trash and other pollution,” said DBH Director Gary Jones.
All poster contest entries must be received by January 12, 2019. For more information and to watch the video, visit beaches.lacounty.gov/postercontest.