A big thank you to everyone who participated in September's Coastal Cleanup Month (more than 12,000 and counting)! Thousands of individual cleanups took place in almost every county in California.
Don't let the change in the calendar stop you from continuing this important work. You can to do neighborhood cleanups anytime, and use the CleanSwell app to record your cleanup and contribute to an international database on plastic pollution. Practice physical distancing, and strictly follow local ordinances. This How-To Guide includes additional safety tips.
Cleaning your neighborhoods, local parks, streets, and storm drains helps protect our coast. Trash travels through storm drains, creeks, and rivers to become beach and ocean pollution. Help clean the beach by picking up litter in your community with your household.
Don't forget to fill out this 5 minute survey to let us know how it went. You'll get a coupon for a free taco from Rubio's and be entered into a prize drawing!
Reporting thorough and accurate data helps create long-term solutions to pollution. Please use the app if possible, or download a paper data card.
This year, California cleans the coast by cleaning up our neighborhoods.
California Coastal Cleanup is typically the third Saturday of September. This year, we are adapting to current circumstances to honor the spirit of the cleanup while maintaining strict safety precautions. So on every Saturday of this September, from 9 AM to Noon, grab your bag and gloves and help clean the coast by keeping trash out of storm drains, creeks, and rivers, all of which eventually lead to the ocean. The cleanup helps bring awareness to the marine litter problem and provides a community event for direct involvement. Help us by joining in the fight to preserve wildlife by taking trash out of the environment. 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!