|International Coastal Cleanup||September 19, 2020|
How you can help at this location:
General Beach Cleanup
Collecting trash on foot and carrying the bags off the beach to designated roadside collection points. For a better idea of what's involved, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.
More Volunteer Options and Information
For more information about helping with volunteer check-in, recycling, and BBQ service, please contact
Know Before You Go: International Coastal Cleanup
On September 19th, beach cleanup activities will vary according to location. In general, the cleanup will be in the morning on the outer coast and various Strait beaches, with some cleanup activities also happening in the afternoon on certain Strait beaches. Please check your beach page for specific timing. To find a tide table for your location look here. Check the weather forecast for the coast and plan your clothing and supplies accordingly. It’s a good idea to have layers that help protect you from water, wind, and cold. For more information about safety, clothing, tools, lodging, and dogs, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Be COVID safe: if you plan on joining us for the ICC, please follow all COVID-safety guidelines set by Washington State. Please wear a mask, stay six feet apart from others, and wash your hands or bring hand sanitizer with you. Our site coordinators will be following all COVID guidelines when checking in volunteers the day of the cleanup. Take care getting to and from home, as well as out on the beach.
We have a recycling program at some locations. If you are interested in helping us reduce the amount of debris that goes to the landfill ask your registration station coordinator how you can help. We applaud efforts to recycle, reduce and reuse at beach cleanups – a vital part of the solution to marine debris. Recycling of materials from beach cleanups is great, but it’s just as important to ensure that the appropriate materials are going into recycling materials stream. If the wrong type or condition of material is put into a recycle bin, it may end up “contaminating” a load of recycling and causing a recycling facility to have to discard the entire thing! Don’t be a wishful recycler – know what is accepted locally and try to send only materials that are “Empty, Clean and Dry” (as much as possible). When in doubt, throw it out.
If we are not collecting recycling at your location, you are welcome to take recyclables back home with you. If you take any debris back with you, be sure to bag it up tightly (stinky), keep it away from curious kids and dogs (messy), and don’t take any glass or sharp metal (safety hazard – ouch!).
Basic Safety Guideline
- Wear gloves, proper clothing, and water-resistant shoes.
- Do not touch medical waste, dead animals, hazardous materials or sharp objects. If you are uncertain about an item, do not touch it.
- Do not approach wildlife.
- Report hazardous items that cannot be removed to event staff.
- Work with a partner.
- Be careful of unstable banks, steep slopes, or slippery surfaces.
- Do not try to lift anything that is too heavy for you. Ask for help!
- Watch for poison oak, plants with thorns, or other natural hazards.
- Watch for any trucks or equipment that might be used in the project.
- When driving on the beach (State Parks only), stay on compacted sand. Do not drive into sand that is very soft or very wet.
- Be aware of tides and whether they will affect your access to trail heads.
- Beach logs can become slippery and may be dangerous, be aware of your surroundings.
Debris Data Program
The amount and type of debris you find on our beaches gives evidence of its globally diverse sources and its impact on ocean ecosystems. Help us analyze what it all means by participating in our data collection program. If you will be at the cleanup with a group, please download our Data Card and fill out as you clean the beach (also available at check in). One group member should fill out the form while others call out their findings. After the cleanup, simply email your findings to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.