First Beach Cleanup Follows Windy El Niño Storm

The first Rob Machado Foundation beach cleanup on Monday, Feb. 1 coincided with one of the worst storms Encinitas had experienced so far this year. The day before saw huge rains and gusty winds that caused damage around the city -- and on the beaches.

The next morning was the perfect time for a cleanup, as debris had blown all over the beach. Sixteen volunteers braved the early morning wind and turned up for what turned out to be a beautiful day for a cleanup.

Diane Castaneda of WILDCOAST gave a short presentation about the San Diego Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Cardiff and Seaside state beaches are both part of the Swami's MPA, an area that is guarded from overfishing in order to conserve the diverse sea life. 

Thank you to Diane and WILDCOAST for joining us and even lending us grabbers and buckets!

Thank you to Diane and WILDCOAST for joining us and even lending us grabbers and buckets!

Volunteers enjoyed free hot coffee from Zumbar Coffee and Tea before setting out. When we were ready to hit the beach, we were amazed to find that there was so much trash right at Cardiff Reef that we would not need to walk any further to keep ourselves busy. Volunteers filled reusable buckets and repurposed bags with all kinds of debris and waste.

The most common type of trash we found were tiny pieces of plastic and styrofoam, small enough to be ingested by birds and fish and to tangle into the kelp. Larger items like plastic bottle caps, bucket lids, and even a medical IV bag were found tucked in between rocks and packed into the sand.

Jason found a medical bag tucked among the rocks at near the lagoon. It was a good thing he brought gloves.

Jason found a medical bag tucked among the rocks at near the lagoon. It was a good thing he brought gloves.

Some of our volunteers were Green Team veterans who had helped at events like the Switchfoot Bro-Am and the Cardiff Surf Classic. Others were first-timers who learned about the cleanup through social media or posters in the community. But the most exciting volunteers to meet were the passersby who, once they realized we were doing a cleanup, took a break from their morning routines to join in. Rob came out with his wife, Sophie, and their son, Jaxton.

Rob Machado and his wife Sophie teach son Jaxton the importance of leaving the beach cleaner than you found it.

Rob Machado and his wife Sophie teach son Jaxton the importance of leaving the beach cleaner than you found it.

Four of our volunteers had recently moved to the area from Hawaii, and it was inspiring to see them adopt their new beach and take care of it just the way they would on their home beaches in Hawaii. 

Malia and Kat both recently moved from Hawaii and are already finding ways to volunteer in the community.

Malia and Kat both recently moved from Hawaii and are already finding ways to volunteer in the community.

Even though the storm made it easier to see all the waste strewn across the beach, the reality is that it was only a tiny preview of the amount of plastic, styrofoam, metal and other debris that ends up in the water every day. We definitely saw how much the cleanups are needed and can't wait to go back next month. 

Thank you to State Parks, Sambazon, Zumbar and WILDCOAST for partnering with us. 

Sold out 4th Annual Rob Machado Foundation Benefit Concert raises over $50,000 for 2016 programs

The 4th Annual Rob Machado Foundation benefit concert at the Belly Up was another sell-out success, raising over $50,000 for our 2016 programs. Huge thanks to the Belly Up Tavern, Matt Nathanson, Brett Dennen, Andrew Wessen, Timmy Curran and his band, our auction host Chris Cote, and all the generous donors and auction bidders. 

Finally, thanks to JP Van Swae Photography for all the beautiful shots. www.jpvsphoto.com 

RMF + Solana Center Set Recycling Records at Switchfoot Bro-Am

Nathan Minatta/Skeptic Productions

Nathan Minatta/Skeptic Productions

ENCINITAS, CA – The Rob Machado Foundation + Solana Center Green Team diverted from the landfill an unprecedented 2,414 pounds of waste at the 2015 Switchfoot Bro-Am event at Moonlight Beach.

Eighty-five volunteers set up temporary recycling stations across the entire music and surf contest areas of Moonlight Beach, comprising recycling, trash and composting bins. The Green Team educated event attendees on how to recycle and compost their waste.

Almost 3,000 pounds of waste were then sorted by hand, resulting in 83% of the event waste being either recycled or composted and thereby diverted from the landfill.

An estimated 15,000 people attended the Switchfoot Bro-Am, which meant overseeing recycling at the event was a daunting task.

“It wouldn’t have been possible without our longstanding partnership with the Rob Machado Foundation and collaborative support from the City of Encinitas and Hurley,” said Solana Center Executive Director, Jessica Toth. “What a great success! I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.”

Seven hundred and eighty five pounds of food were sent to the Solana Center to be composted by via Bokashi, a Japanese fermenting method that allows all organic food waste to be processed for compost.

An enormous thank you to our incredibly inspiring volunteers who worked so hard in the sun and heat to make sure Moonlight Beach stayed clean and that single-use plastic and other recoverable materials stayed out of the landfill.

RMF would also like to thankHurley, Mizu, Circus de AZN graphic design, FWD Screenprinting, Clif Bar and Cardiff School District for helping to make our efforts possible.

Final stats:

  • 85-volunteer Green Team

  • 2,923 lbs of waste processed

  • 1,628 lbs of waste recycled

  • 785 lbs of food waste composted

  • 2,414 lbs diverted from landfill = 83% diversion rate

  • 4 metric tons of greenhouse gasses avoided

4th Annual Rob Machado Foundation Benefit Concert

John Maher Photography

John Maher Photography

The 4th annual Rob Machado Foundation benefit concert will take place Nov. 9 at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. The official lineup will be announced Sept. 21. Stay tuned to our website our join our mailing list for updates.

Thank you to the Goo Goo Dolls, Run River North, Timmy Curran and Austin Burns for making last year's show so special.