Officials expect 500 to 600 people to pitch in and clean local beaches in California's Coastal Cleanup Day, a statewide effort sponsored by the California Coastal Commission.
The Ventura County Regional Sanitation District is coordinating the cleanup locally. The state has targeted 21 public beaches in Ventura County, from Rincon Beach south to Point Mugu and the Los Angeles County line.
Last year Ventura County volunteers picked up 17,863 pounds of garbage, nearly one-fourth of the total collected statewide, said Pandee Leachman, who is coordinating the county's cleanup effort this year.
"It's not that our beaches are more polluted than those in other counties, but that people in Ventura County really are concerned about their beaches and are willing to help clean them up," she said.