The Department of Beaches and Harbors Monday encouraged third- through fifth-grade students to learn about ocean pollution and send in entries for a “Can The Trash!” poster to appear on beach trash barrels across Los Angeles County.

As part of Coastal Cleanup month, the department is urging children to learn how ocean pollution begins in their neighborhood. Whether they live in the South Bay, San Fernando Valley, the Gateway Cities or East L.A., trash travels through the watershed in their community and ends up on beaches like Dockweiler, Venice and Zuma and in the ocean.

More information about the county’s educational campaign — which includes the animated “Clean and Blue” music video and the Ocean Heroes activity guide — can be found at The campaign, in its third year, was developed in partnership with Heal the Bay and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.

Students in third through fifth grade can submit original artwork with environmental messages about keeping the beaches and ocean clean. Five winners from each grade will have their artwork wrapped around beach trash barrels on some of Southern California’s most popular beaches. The deadline for entries is Jan. 10.

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