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Coastal Cleanup Month 2020

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

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Coastal Clean-Up Day has been changed for 2020. 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 5, 12, 19, and 26.

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.

Although our cleanup model is different this year, your effort will still make a huge difference for the coast. We need your help to collect data on all litter you find. Click on our Submit Data tab for reporting options.

Get outside, enjoy nature, and remove marine debris from your neighborhood. Throughout the month, stay connected with volunteers across the County by visiting our Instagram and Facebook Pages. Upload your photos, videos, and share what you find on social media with the hashtags #protectyourhappyplace and #cleanupsaturdays. Although we can’t meet in person this year, we can stay connected virtually.

Volunteers of all ages can participate. This year bring your own gloves, buckets, and other reusable cleanup supplies to lessen the plastic footprint of this event.

In Santa Barbara County, Coastal Cleanup Day is brought to you by Explore Ecology and our partner the County of Santa Barbara Resource Recovery and Waste Management, with support from the Cities of Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Solvang. The California Coastal Commission organizes the statewide event and the international event is organized by the Ocean Conservancy.

Special Thanks to our partner the County of Santa Barbara’s Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division.

Visit Explore Ecology's website for more information at ExploreEcology/ 


Are there minimum age requirements to participate?

Volunteers of all ages are welcome.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Yes, visit Explore Ecology's website for more information at ExploreEcology/  

Is registration required? 

Registration is not required, but is encouraged. 


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