Volunteers clean up the San Diego Bay in a past Operation Clean Sweep event. Photo via Port of San Diego.

Volunteers will gather at the San Diego Bay this Saturday on Aug. 27 to pick up trash for the 26th Annual Operation Clean Sweep, according to the Port of San Diego.

Last year, volunteers rounded up eight tons of trash filling ten dumpsters with shopping carts, mattresses, car batteries and dozens of tires, at the annual event produced by the San Diego Tenants Association. Port of San Diego officials say the cleanup attracts hundreds of volunteers.

Participants can check in at the main site on J Street Marsh, 990 Bay Boulevard. The cleanup begins at 8 a.m. and continues until 10:30 a.m. Volunteers will receive a free Operation Clean Sweep T-shirt, gloves and trash bags, said officials. Krispy Kreme doughnuts will be served at each of the check-in areas.

Other check-in locations include:

  • Sweetwater Marsh, meet at Pier 32 Marina, 3201 Marina Way, National City (reserved for previously checked-in volunteers)
  • Chollas Creek (for 18 and up), meet in front of NASSCO, 2798 Harbor Drive, San Diego (reserved for previously checked-in volunteers)
  • Convair Lagoon, North Harbor Drive at Liberator Way, near Harbor Island (safe for children)
  • Marina View Park, 900 Marina Parkway, Chula Vista (safe for children)
  • Tuna Harbor, 750 N. Harbor Drive (for military and experienced divers only)
  • Driscoll’s Wharf, 4918 N. Harbor Drive (experienced scuba-certified divers are needed for this location)

Two areas will be available for children to participate in the event as well, said officials. The cleanup will finish up with a Treasure Junk Hunt party and barbecue for participants to celebrate their hard work. The festivities begin at 11 a.m. at Cesar Chavez Park on 1449 Cesar E. Chavez Parkway. Guests must wear their Operation Clean Sweep T-shirt to enter the party.

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