Coastal Cleanup Month 2020

Every Saturday in September!

September 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, 2020 from 9:00AM to 12:00PM

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.

In Partnership With:

Become Part of the Solution to Ocean Pollution on 4 Saturdays in September!

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

Coastal Cleanup Day has been changed for 2020 and is now Coastal Cleanup Month. This year, instead of gathering together at beaches and sites throughout the County on a single day, cleanups will happen every Saturday in September from home. We can stop potential marine debris from traveling through storm drains into our creeks and ocean. Let's protect our favorite beaches by picking up trash in our neighborhoods and local natural areas.

Community members are encouraged to clean up their neighborhood every Saturday from 9 to Noon on September 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th.

Your cleanups should be self-guided and close to home. Local parks, shores, creeks, streets, drainage areas, sidewalks, natural areas, and trails are great choices. Practice physical distancing and strictly follow both local ordinances and the set of guidelines provided on the California Coastal Commission website to make this a safe cleanup for you and your community. Read the guidelines here.

After cleanup, if possible, weigh or estimate the pounds of trash and recyclables you collected during your cleanup to report to your local coordinator or the Coastal Commission.

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 2019?

Coastal Cleanup Day 2019 had another huge volunteer turnout! 1,259 volunteers collected over 5,663 pounds of trash and 674 pounds of recyclables from 27 sites from Rincon Beach Park to Guadalupe Dunes in Santa Barbara 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 #coastalcleanupmonth 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!

Do we need to bring our own supplies?

Because this year's events are hosted at your own home, you will need to assemble your own cleanup gear. This includes Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), trash bags or buckets (preferably reusable!), gloves, face mask, a trash grabber or tongs (if available), and sun protection. Make sure to wear close-toed shoes to protect against sharp objects.

Age Requirements

All ages can participate in Coastal Cleanup Month!

Community Service Credits

Email Explore Ecology for more information.