We can all help keep our beloved coastline clean. And every little bit helps to make our beaches fantastic destinations for healthy living and wildlife. That’s why AMC is hosting a virtual beach cleanup event on July 25th.

Rather than gather together, we’re inviting you to join with us in spirit and clean whatever beach or park is nearest to you. Here’s what you need to know about the benefits and planning of your beach cleanup

A clean beach is great for the economy.

Experts estimate that over 129 million beach visits occur every year. So, in addition to protecting wildlife and recreation, “clean beaches provide economic benefit to local communities in the form of tourism dollars,” says Laura Parker at National Geographic. “In southern California, researchers calculated that in Orange County alone that potential could translate into $46 million in just one summer.”

Whether you head to Crystal Cove or take a trip to Newport Beach, you’re making the world a more beautiful place. “There is satisfaction to say, ‘I removed ten pounds of trash from my beach,’” says Kara Lavender Law, a research oceanography professor. “Even if it’s only ten pounds, that’s ten pounds that isn’t going to go into the open ocean.”

Keep safe during clean up.

With COVID-19 guidelines still in place, your cleanup crew might be small this year, with just your roommates or immediate family members lending a hand. If you’re inviting friends or extended family to join you in your cleanup, remember this CDC advice: “When guests arrive, minimize gestures that promote close contact. For example, don’t shake hands, do elbow bumps, or give hugs. Instead wave and verbally greet them.” In keeping with California’s mask mandate, wear your mask “when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible.”

Cleaning up beaches and parks really makes a difference and is a fun and memorable summer activity. So join us for our beach and park clean up effort on July 25 or anytime during the month of July! Tag Park Plaza Apartments in your photos and use the hashtags #AMCcleanup and #livehappy. We can’t wait to see the difference you are making!