More than 200 pounds of trash — mostly plastic — scooped up at Aliso Beach cleanup in Laguna

LAGUNA BEACH — ECO-Warrior’s first beach clean-up of the year, at Aliso Beach, took Richard Birt back 50 years.

The event, held Saturday, Jan. 27, reminded Birt of childhood summers when his father taught him to be aware of the environment and to do his part to keep the beach clean.