Annual Coastal Cleanup “Month”

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  • September 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020
    1:00 am - 10:00 am

Annual Coastal Cleanup will look a bit different this year. To prevent the spread of Covid-19, we will not be hosting cleanups at organized sites on one particular day. Instead, we are encouraging you and those you’ve been sheltering in place with to stay local, and to help protect our oceans beginning at your own front door any Saturday during the month of September. While we are sad that we won’t be able to meet you at the beach this year, we are excited to engage our wider community in a month of stewardship in this new format!

Click HERE to learn more and find out how to participate!

Step 1: Gather your family, housemates, or those you have been sheltering in place with.

Step 2: Review our resources to learn how cleaning up close to home can help protect our oceans.

Step 3: Review the instructions for conducting a safe, socially distant cleanup. Always be sure to check the most up-to-date Covid-19 information for your area.

If you are unable to go out for a cleanup, participate by utilizing our at home activities at the bottom of this page!

Step 4: Download and learn how to use the Clean Swell App (NOT THE SOS MARINE TALLY APP) to collect data on the items you find during your cleanup. We recommend that one person in your group be designated as the data collector and not pick up trash, to prevent spreading germs.

Step 5: If it is safe to do so, grab your family, housemates, or those you’ve been sheltering-in-place with and cleanup your street, local park, neighborhood, or local shoreline on any Saturday in September! Only collect what you will be able to bring home and dispose of in your personal garbage bins.

Step 6: To share photos, videos, and stories from your cleanups, use the form on this page and/or post to your Instagram feed, tag @SaveOurShores, and use the hashtags #SOSACC2020 and #ProtectYourHappyPlace which will direct your post to be added to our ACC 2020 gallery (here). If you find something strange, bizarre, or just downright hilarious, upload and choose “Most Unusual Find” in the dropdown or post to Instagram with the hashtag #MostUnusualFinds and tag @SaveOurShores!


By participating you understand and agree that neither Save or Shores, the State of California,
California Coastal Commission, nor associated jurisdictions may be held liable or responsible in any way for any injury, death, or other damages to you or your family, heirs, or assigns that may occur
as a result of your participation, or as a result of product liability or the negligence,
whether passive or active, of any party in connection with the cleanups.