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ABOUT
STAND UP TO TRASH

OUR MISSION.

BEACH CLEAN UPS

We're recruiting an army of ocean defenders! 

Meet us at the beach for an organized beach

clean up! Help us rid the ocean and our

beautiful beaches from trash pollution. Your

hands-on effort makes all the difference! Just

bring your positive spirit and smile. Trash bags

and gloves will be provided. 

Protect and conserve our ocean by raising

awareness of the negative effects caused by

plastic pollution through environmental education

for future generations.

DONATE TODAY

Reports sat that around 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed each year due to plastic ingestion. Unfortunately, several marine species are on the verge of extinction because of the such type of ocean pollution. 

Meet The 

Board.

Vicki Patterson

FOUNDER

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As Founder and Program Director, I'm passionately committed to the ocean. I enjoy bringing the community together and with over 20 years of nonprofit experience, I'm excited to make a difference in the world for the next generation. 

Milena Rumak

Business & Strategy Advisor

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As an educated Environmental Biologist, and an experienced Project Manager with over 14 years in the financial services industry, Milena is excited to join the Stand Up to Trash team, and help make some significant waves!  

 

Milena is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and ScrumMaster (CSM), and committed to serving the environment (especially the ocean), she loves and enjoys so much.

When she's not working, you can find her paddle-boarding, swimming, hiking, cycling, or somewhere outdoors with her dog.

Kaeley Sterkel

Environmental Advisor

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Kaeley was born and raised in Dana Point and she has always had a love for the ocean and care for the environment.  She is a recent graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin getting her BS in environmental studies.  She believes that it is of the utmost importance for the community to do what they can to try and preserve the environment.  It has become her mission to do what she can to bring awareness to the impact humans have had on the beaches and what we can do to help.

Marcela Hudson

Advisory Board

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Marcela is a nature and animal loving adventurer who believes that we all must do our part to help protect and save our oceans, so marine life has a clean place to live and we can all enjoy the beauty our only Earth has to offer. Helping to reduce single use plastics is something Marcela is passionate about. If we all take action, together we magnify a movement! 

She chose to volunteer with Stand Up To Trash because she loves the dedication of all the cool humans that feel the same way. 

When she is not taking pictures or volunteering, you can find her spending time with her fur baby Sammy or on the very beaches we are aiming to save.

Garrett Rodrigues

Advisory Board

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Active Duty Navy, surfer.

SECRETARY

Heather Marie Estus 

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As a nonprofit consultant, I love helping and mentoring nonprofits and their executives on their fundraising and strategic planning initiatives. Fundraising executive, self-worth life coach, and mom of 5.

Kandi Patterson

FOUNDING MEMBER
ADVISORY BOARD

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Growing up , Kandi realized early on the impact people had after leaving the beach. 

Upon graduating college she decided to utilize her communications degree for the benefits of nonprofits. Upon realizing her mother was founding one so close to her heart she decided to serve as a founding member to benefit the community.

Tanya Torres

Education Coordinator Advisor

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Tanya Torres is currently a California Sea Grant Extension Fellow supporting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Born and raised on the island of Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi , Tanya grew up with a natural connection to the ocean and land around her. Before making the move across the Pacific, Tanya spent six years volunteering and working with one of Hawaiʻi's largest local beach cleanup nonprofit organizations, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaiʻi. Her passion for clean beaches, waste reduction, and empowering communities to take action has led her to the Stand Up To Trash team! When she's not cleaning up trash, Tanya enjoys surfing, hiking, being on the water, being outdoors, cooking, and eating! 

Dee Carroll

Advisory Board

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Dee spends her free time picking up trash and giving wherever and whenever she can!

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ACT NOW!

Help protect our beloved oceans and the beautiful animals that dwell in it.

FACTS:

Plastic is forever. Every single piece of plastic ever made still exists. 91% of plastic waste isn’t recycled. Every day around 8 million pieces of plastic makes their way into our oceans. Up to 80% of marine debris is plastic and comes from runoff, creating a steady stream of plastic into the ocean. In the marine environment, plastics do not biodegrade, they photo-degrade, breaking up from recognizable items of all sizes and shapes into tiny particles.

 

There are five gyres in the ocean. One in the Indian Ocean, two in the Atlantic Ocean, and two in the Pacific Ocean. Garbage patches of varying sizes are located in each gyre. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, is a floating mass of plastic twice the size of Texas. It is located in the North Pacific Gyre (between Hawaii and California), and is the most famous. 

 

 

Production of the most common plastic, polyethylene, is on track to jump more than 40 percent by 2028 in the U.S. Fossil fuel companies such as Exxon, Mobil and Dow have invested more than $180 billion into building 17 new plastic production facilities.