A record number of volunteers turned out for this year's Coastal Cleanup Day, picking up 35,798 pounds of trash from the county's beach areas and some inland sites, officials said.
About 68% of the total weight came from coastal sites, and the rest from inland areas, such as the Arroyo Simi and Santa Clara River.
The Sept. 17 event attracted 1,450 volunteers, about 100 more than turned out for last year's coastal scrubbing, said Richard Sweet, a coordinator for the program.
Most of the volunteers wore gloves while scouring the beaches for waste, Sweet said. The cleanup was concluded in less than three hours, he said.
About 31,000 pounds of trash was recovered, Sweet said, adding that another 1,250 pounds of recyclable materials, such as metal pull tabs on soda cans and newspapers, was picked up.
The cleanup is sponsored by the California Coastal Commission.