Coastal Cleanup Day 2021

Saturday, September 18, 2021

from 9:00AM to 12:00PM

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Coastal Cleanup Day is a local and international event held every September to clean our beaches and waterways.

Explore Ecology is coordinating this year's event.  Visit their official event page or email for the most up to date information.

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Become Part of the Solution to Ocean Pollution this September!

Visit the official event page for the most up to date information.

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, visit the California Costal Commission's website.

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. More than 14,000 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!

What else is on this page?

There's lots to know about Coastal Cleanup Day. Find all the answers to your questions below!

What happened in 2020?

Coastal Cleanup Month 2020 had another huge volunteer turnout! 776 volunteers collected over 3,918 pounds of trash and picked up over 17,000 pieces of litter from 27 sites from Rincon Beach Park to Guadalupe Dunes in Santa Barbara County!  Volunteers covered an estimated 68 miles throughout the County.   

About half of the volunteers brought their own reusable buckets or reusable bags for trash and gloves for the cleanup.  Some sites, like Explore Ecology, who hosted a site at Arroyo Burro Beach, brought their own reusable buckets for volunteers to use to discourage waste.  

We're on Facebook and Instagram

Be sure to "like" us at to get all our event updates. You can also stay engaged with other community members across the County by visiting us on Instagram. Tag @exploreecology in your photos and videos, and share what you find on social media with the hashtags #coastalcleanupday and #protectyourhappyplace.

What to Bring

Just like any cleanup event, it's a good idea to wear closed-toed shoes, bring your own reusable water bottle, and wear sunscreen and other sun protection like hats or sunglasses. Go the extra mile and BYO-BOB (see below)!


We encourage you to Bring Your Own Bag Or Bucket! Reusable gloves are always welcome too.

Volunteer efforts last year saved over 500 bags, which were used for other cleanups throughout the year. The less trash we generate for the event the better it is for the environment. Read more about the effort on the Coastal Commission's website!

Age Requirements

All ages can participate in Coastal Cleanup Day!

Community Service Credits

Email Explore Ecology for more information.