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2015 Annual Coastal Cleanup Results




Every year, Save Our Shores partners with the California Coastal Commission and the Ocean Conservancy to throw the world’s largest volunteer event for the ocean. We call it the Annual Coastal Cleanup. The three hour long event is responsible for removing millions of pounds of trash from beaches and waterway across the globe. This year, Save Our Shores organized 85 cleanup sites stretching over 80 miles of coastline from Waddell Creek Beach in Northern Santa Cruz County to Los Padres National Forest in Southern Monterey County.

The 31st Annual Coastal Cleanup Day results are encouraging.  More than 3,220 volunteers prevented 6.2 tons of trash from entering the Monterey Bay. When split by county, 2,015 Santa Cruz volunteers removed 8,699 pounds of waste and 1,254 Monterey volunteers removed 7,583 pounds of waste.

Of Course, none of this would be possible without the support and dedication of our volunteers, Site Captains, sponsors, and partners. Coordinating such a mass cleanup effort takes extensive community involvement. Save Our Shores thanks:

Nonprofit and Organization collaborators

Jurisdictions, Permitting, and Promotion

Waste Hauling

Residential Associations


Business Supporters


Important People


To commemorate the hard work of our Annual Coastal Cleanup volunteers, we like show off some of their experiences and trash finds with a photo contest! Contestants were asked to submit their best pictures after the cleanup using #saveourshores and #CoastalCleanupDay.

We plan to contact all winners via email.  If you are a winner, but have not already been contacted, please email us at so that you can claim your prize!

2015 Annual Coastal Cleanup Giveaways are made possible thanks to REI, BottlesUp, Stokes Signs (Santa Cruz Hosmer Art), and exclusive Save Our Shores Memorbilia.

Largest Item Photo Winner

2015 Annual Coastal Cleanup Largest Item Photo: Seabright Beach

Unique Item Photo Winner

  • Submission: Zee Zaballos
  • Cleanup Site: Del Monte Beach, Monterey
  • Item: Antique Gun (Prop?)

2015 Annual Coastal Cleanup Unique Item Photo: Del Monte Beach

Best Group Photo Winner

2015 Annual Coastal Cleanup Best Group Photo: Panther Beach

Best Pile of Trash Photo Winner

  • Submission: Kat Manning
  • Cleanup Site: Soquel Creek, Soquel
  • Item(s): Smorgasbord of sports equipment

2015 Annual Coastal Cleanup Best Trash Pile Photo: Soquel Pile

Bonus: Homemade Signage Photo Winner

  • Submission: Margaret Leonard, Slow Adventure
  • Cleanup Site: Rio del Mar State Beach, Santa Cruz
  • Group: Two beautiful princesses with mom!

2015 Annual Coastal Cleanup Photo: Rio Del Mar

Bonus: Action-Shot Photo Winner

  • Submission: Kimberly Heinrichs (kimberlysh_ru)
  • Cleanup Site: Main Beach, Santa Cruz
  • Shot: Volunteer Picks Up Trash

2015 Annual Coastal Cleanup Action Shot Photo: Main Beach

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