Thousands of volunteers will be combing the county's beaches Saturday during California's 12th annual Coastal Cleanup Day.
Armed with gloves and trash bags, crews will be picking up trash at more than 20 beach sites in the county from 9 a.m. to noon.
Volunteers can expect to find plastic foam cups, plastic six-pack rings and, the most common item, cigarette butts, at the beach, said Mark Patrick, a cleanup coordinator for Orange County. "It's like the world's ashtray," Patrick said of the beach.
Even though most beaches are well maintained, Patrick said, the coastal cleanup gives the shoreline a good once-a-year cleaning. It also raises public awareness and educates people about the environment, he said.