I Love A Clean San Diego is San Diego County’s longest-running environmental nonprofit, having celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2019. When it was created in 1954, the organization’s main focus was litter prevention — the founding members called themselves the War Against Litter Committee. Throughout the years, this central theme has remained much the same, with I Love A Clean San Diego volunteers removing half a million pounds of debris from the county’s neighborhoods, creeks, canyons and coastline every year. While these cleanups are still a fixture of their work, the organization’s programs have evolved over the years to provide resources and education to help the region’s residents reduce the amount of waste they send to the landfill.
In addition to clearing pollution, I Love A Clean San Diego provides recycling/disposal referrals through an online database (WasteFreeSD.org) and phone hotline (1-800-237-BLUE). It also has a robust environmental and zero-waste education team, which serves adults, business and school children through interactive educational presentations and workshops to more than 30,000 people annually. Through these programs, I Love A Clean San Diego aims to be an environmental catalyst — inspiring action and connecting people with each other, and the environment.
Whether you want to take action to make a difference in your community, or learn about small changes you can make on a personal level, I Love A Clean San Diego is the county’s one-stop resource for help.
Visit CleanSD.org to find a community cleanup or educational event near you and connect with I Love A Clean San Diego on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn @iloveacleansd.
—Tasha Dewey is an adult education specialist for I Love A Clean San Diego. Visit cleansd.org.