Halloween celebrants took the Beatles song to heart and did it in the middle of the road, or at least decided to leave their condoms there.
On Sunday, volunteers from Associated Students, CalPIRG, Isla Vista Recreation and Park District, various fraternities and sororities, and the Community Environmental Council’s Watershed Restoration Program picked up trash, used condoms, costume pieces and broken glass on Del Playa Drive and Sabado Tarde Road from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
IVRPD provided trash bags and gloves to all volunteers and Giovanni’s provided pizza and beverages after the cleaning was over. Jacob Womack of the IVRPD said approximately 40 people participated. Volunteers said they were surprised by the large number of condoms found.
“The most surprising thing is the extremely large amount of condoms we’ve picked up and not knowing how they got there. I’d hate to imagine,” sophomore environmental studies major and A.S. Environmental Affairs Board member Ryan Schauland said.
Junior global studies and Asian American studies and A.S. representative-at-large Karen Cai coordinated approximately 20 A.S. volunteers. This was the first year A.S contributed to the effort.
“We wanted to do some kind of service activity that would benefit the students, and this seemed like a good way to do that,” Cai said.
The Watershed Restoration Program, run by the Community Environmental Council (CEC), joined the IVRPD in organizing the cleanup. The CEC is a nonprofit group that works with recycling and informing the public on environmental issues.
“We did this because we wanted to start planning more beach and street cleanups, and I have an intern who lives down here and she suggested doing this,” CEC Volunteer Coordinator Monica Ballon said.
While volunteers combed the street with trash bags and gloves, many DP residents watched from their balconies. Many of the residents seemed shocked that people were cleaning the street, Cai said, and a few asked volunteers if they would clean their houses.
“If people didn’t just sit on their balconies and watch it would be nice. We’re cleaning up their street and only one of us even lives here,” sophomore global studies major and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority member Laura Geissert said.
Other volunteers said residents seemed grateful.
“It’s nice to see the progress we’re making. Residents have been pretty rad about thanking us,” Schauland said.
Marborg Industries will make a special trip to I.V. today to pick up trash, even though Monday is usually not a pickup day, Womack said. Intramural sports teams will also be picking up trash today.
“I think that since there will be more people [Monday], we will be cleaning all of I.V.,” Womack said.
Although crews were able to pick up most large pieces of trash, some volunteers still found the street to be unclean.
“The thing is that if this was your neighborhood at home there’s no way you’d say it looked good. The I.V. standard of living is really sad,” senior psychology and Spanish major and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority member Laura McBride said.