September is Coastal Cleanup Month, and there are two ways you can participate:
California Coastal Cleanup Day: Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 9am-Noon. Help remove the trash and plastic pollution at beaches and waterways throughout the state. In 2019, more than 74,000 volunteers picked up more than 900,000 pounds of trash from beaches and waterways throughout California. To find a cleanup site near you, click on the icons on the map below.
Self-guided neighborhood cleanups: Participate throughout the month by cleaning your neighborhoods, parks, and other local areas. Trash from inland areas flows downstream to the coast, so cleaning up neighborhood trash prevents marine debris. Gather cleanup supplies from home, download the CleanSwell app (to count your trash, and to have your trash counted!), and clean on your own time throughout September. Close to 17,000 Californians participated in a neighborhood cleanup during September 2020, preventing over 150,000 pounds of trash from entering our stormwater systems and potentially polluting our coast and ocean.
To protect your health and slow the spread of the Delta variant, please follow the most recent COVID-19 guidance from your county. For more information on the coronavirus, please visit the website for the Center for Disease Control.
However you choose to participate, thank you for keeping our beaches and waterways clean and healthy!
Reporting thorough and accurate data helps create long-term solutions to pollution. Please use the app if possible, or download a paper data card.
California Coastal Cleanup is the third Saturday of September. The cleanup brings awareness to the marine litter problem and provides a community event for direct involvement. Join the movement for an environment where people and ecosystems can survive and thrive. Volunteer alongside your families, friends, coworkers, scout troops, school groups, and service clubs. If you're not sure how to get started please let us know. Plan to spend a day outside connecting with your community to celebrate California!
The event is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservancy. California Coastal Cleanup Day is the largest volunteer event in the US and International Coastal Cleanup Day is the largest volunteer event on the planet!