DIY Tips That Keep San Diego Clean


The adverse effects of plastic waste and pollution continue to harm our wildlife and environment, especially along the coastlines in cities like San Diego. Our modern world has become well aware of how this threatens nature, and thus our lives; however, many individuals may still shrug off recycling, or think that their solo efforts would never make a difference. Keeping our coastlines, waters, and forests clean needs a collective effort on our part.


If you want to continue breathing fresh air, and reduce landfill waste, here are some DIY tips on how to keep San Diego clean.  

Reusable bags 

Although you can always recycle plastic, not everything can easily be reshaped into other products. Plastic bags are hard to recycle, and thus many of them end up in landfills, while others also end up in the ocean. This can greatly harm marine life, as many sea creatures may find themselves stuck in plastic waste, or get suffocated by them. 


An easy way for you to limit your use of plastic is to bring your own tote bags to the grocery store. Next time the cashier asks you if you want a bag, just take out your own. On the other hand, you could recycle plastic bags that you already own by using them for trash cans, instead of buying separate bags for your garbage bins. 

Water soluble paper 

Other than plastic, paper can also be difficult to recycle, while the industry itself involves mass deforestation. This can, directly and indirectly, affect the purity of the city’s air, while littering with paper waste can also pollute and pose a threat to wildlife.


But that doesn’t mean that we have to completely avoid using paper of all kinds. If you’re using paper for crafts or welding, manufacturers at suggest using water-soluble paper tape, which immediately dissolves in liquid. This way, you don’t have to worry about littering the environment with unnecessary waste. 

Water filters 

Millions of plastic water bottles are dumped in landfills every day, and while clean water is not something that you can sacrifice, there’s certainly an alternative to buying it in its bottled form. Water filters can be connected to your faucets to sift chlorine, fluoride, and grime from your tap water. 


These filters come in different sizes, depending on how many stages the filtering device has. The more stages that the water is sifted through, the cleaner it will be. You’d be surprised how the resulting liquid can be tasteless and completely odorless, unlike most bottled water brands. In the long run, you’ll save up money on water, and you’ll also significantly cut down on plastic. 

Clean beaches 


Every now and then, you’ll see campaigns in San Diego urging locals to clean litter from beaches. While it may not sound like the most fun activity in your neighborhood, it’s certainly necessary. These campaigns do not just involve picking up wrappers from the sand. Some of these programs provide you with the needed tools to clean the shallow waters from plastic waste. 


If done with friends, this can actually be quite a fun and useful way to spend your day, while it’s also essential for the beaches of California, as marine life is currently at stake. If you take kids to such programs, this can also help educate them on the effects of plastic waste, which will prepare them for a better, and cleaner future. 

Raise awareness 

You can’t keep a city clean without raising awareness for everyone to do the same; otherwise, your efforts would be in vain. Some individuals may be interested in keeping their environment pollution-free, but don’t know where to start. While others simply forget the adverse effects of littering. Putting up flyers at beaches, and at your local neighborhood to remind residents not to litter can be a simple and easy way to raise awareness.  


On the other hand, more campaigns are needed to educate locals about the risk that plastic waste poses on their own environment, if locals continue to ignore recycling, and continue to trash beaches. You can join green communities, participate in or donate to nonprofit organizations, or you can simply work on limiting your own use of paper and plastic.


Keeping our San Diego coastlines clean is a collective effort on our part. Limit your use of plastic, invest in a water filter, and always bring your own reusable bags to supermarkets. If we continue limiting our plastic and paper waste, we can have a much bigger chance of saving wildlife, as well as our own quality of life.