Environment

See how much trash was cleaned up by volunteers at the American River Parkway on Saturday

On Saturday morning, thousands of volunteers canvassed the American River Parkway, the region’s vast forested waterfront, to collect trash and other debris, as part of the 35th annual California Coastal Cleanup.

The event, which takes place along beaches and watersheds around the state, attracts tens of thousands of volunteers who collect hundreds of thousands of pounds of debris.

This year was no different in Sacramento.

In Sacramento, nearly 1,300 people turned out and gathered some 47,000 pounds of trash and recyclables, according to Dianna Poggetto, executive director of the American River Parkway Foundation.

That was more than twice the weight of last year’s haul — 20,000 pounds — because of the weight of some items and the number of volunteers concentrated in certain sites, Poggetto said.

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