Trash Trucks, Food Trucks and Beer

15 Sep

We all know I don’t miss the opportunity to eat food out of a truck, especially when it’s for a good cause.

Have you ever heard of Coastal Cleanup Day?

photo courtesy of Heal the Bay

Coastal Cleanup Day is one of the largest volunteer efforts on the planet. On the 25th of this month, from 9am-noon, volunteers all over the globe will be cleaning up coastlines, inland waterways, parks and neighborhoods and you can get involved in L.A.

Last year, in Los Angeles alone, more than 14,000 volunteers lent a hand picking up plastic bags, bottle caps, coffee cups, drinking straws and other remnants of our disposable food culture (you do know you can bring your own travel mug to Starbucks, right?) Truth be told, the most ubiquitous piece of garbage is the cigarette butt. Last year, 300,413 pounds of debris were cleaned up and hauled away. That’s a staggering amount of garbage. If you need to be hit over the head with the amount of waste we create, consider yourself beaned.

After you’ve worked up an appetite cleaning up and feeling good about yourself, head over to The Beach Gives Back-A Food Truck Festival for Heal the Bay. The festival is located at Latitude 33 and 10% of the proceeds from food truck sales and donations taken at the festival go to Heal the Bay, who runs the show for Coastal Cleanup Day in all of L.A. County, and the International Bird Rescue Research Center, who is rehabilitating birds from the massive Gulf spill.

Now, I realize that food trucks are a big culprit when it comes to generating waste-think plastic silverware, drinks in plastic bottles, Styrofoam plates, etc. but each participating vendor involved in this event has been asked to forgo selling bottled water during the festival and water stations will be set up all over the event. You gotta admit, that’s pretty cool. Additionally, each vendor is being asked to bring not just something to hold the trash but, drum roll please, something to hold the recycling. Think every truck should do this every day anyway? I agree. If you catch one without a recycling bin, let them know that you think they are missing something…like maybe your business later on.

And if all that eating makes you thirsty, continue your revelry at the inaugural L.A. Craft Beer Crawl! Cheers to clean oceans, craft brewskies and the fact that, in L.A., you can get dim sum, ice cream and french fries in the same spot.

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