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Nearly 1,500 pounds of trash collected at Lake Tahoe beach cleanup

Published: Jul. 5, 2021 at 2:26 PM PDT|Updated: Jul. 6, 2021 at 10:02 AM PDT
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KINGS BEACH, Calif. (KOLO) - More than 230 people volunteered to help clean up Lake Tahoe beaches Monday and collected a total of 1,456 pounds of trash including 4,097 cigarette butts.

The annual effort follows the busy July 4th weekend.

“The need is here, people are recreating more than ever, and they need to pack out what they pack in,” said Marilee Movius, Community Engagement Manager for Keep Tahoe Blue – the organization responsible for the event.

Movius says single use plastics and cigarette butts are the most common things found in the cleanup.

“What happens is the trash breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces which looks like food to wildlife and is toxic to the environment.”

“I feel like it’s essential to protect the place that we live,” said Sara Smith, who has lived in Tahoe for 20 years. “It’s not an amusement park, but often gets treated that way.”

The cleanup efforts in Kings Beach we’re not the only ones taking place. There were also cleanup efforts on the south side of Lake Tahoe at Regan Beach and Nevada beach as well.

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