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Annual Coast Cleanup Day

san-benito-hs-hollister-jasmine-zach-rhiannon-kyle-bradAnnual Coastal Cleanup Day took place on September 21st, 2013 from 9am – 12pm.

It was a huge success!

3,064 volunteers collected 17,147 pounds of trash and recycling from our coast!

Thank you to all of our volunteers and sponsors for making this Annual Coastal Cleanup Day great!

Next Annual Coastal Cleanup Day is September 20th, 2014! See you there!

Coastal Cleanup Day is the largest volunteer event on the planet. Volunteers in over 100 countries around the world come together with one goal: preventing hundreds of thousands of pounds of pollution from trashing our oceans and harming marine wildlife.

Site Captains lead the way to clean oceans:

091711_beachcleanup_2350_001The success of Annual Coastal Cleanup Day depends on the leadership of our Site Captains. You’ll attend a brief training session in early September, and then just arrive early to sign-in your volunteers! Whether you are a regular SOS volunteer, or this is your very first time, participating in Coastal Cleanup Day is exciting and easy. Contact

What to expect as a volunteer:

Volunteers arrive at their cleanup site at 9am ready to get to work!
Pre-registration (see links above) is encouraged, but is not mandatory. Bringing your own waiver form will also save you time. You may also pre-register and sign a waiver form once you arrive at the cleanup.

Please Note: For river cleanup sites, close-toed shoes, rubber boots, and heavy/garden gloves will help keep you clean and dry.

At the cleanup: Your Site Captain will sign you in, distribute cleanup supplies, and provide a safety briefing. We encourageall volunteers to Bring Your Own reusable bags, buckets, gloves, and reusable water bottle to lower the carbon footprint of this event.

dsc_0582Get Your School Involved in Annual Coastal Cleanup Day!

If you are a teacher interested in joining us for a school cleanup at your favorite beach in Santa Cruz or Monterey county before Annual Coastal Cleanup Day, contact Rachel Kippen at

Get your Businesses Recognized as an Ocean Champion!

Our Sponsors are recognized all around Monterey Bay through advertisements, posters, online, and more – Join us as a Sponsor today!

The natural beauty of the Monterey Bay area is the foundation of our community.
It brings thousands of visitors to our coasts and inspires our unique culture and environmental awareness. Locals, visitors, and businesses all need to pitch in to protect our beautiful beaches, rivers and sloughs – and that means YOU.
Become a Sponsor for the Summer of Clean Beaches!

Annual Coastal Cleanup Day is the perfect opportunity to show the community that your business cares about creating a healthy ocean community.

Become a Sponsor of Annual Coastal Cleanup Day! The success of this event depends on the support we receive from local governments and businesses.

Please contact to Sponsor a Summer of Clean Beaches!
If you would like to provide in-kind sponsorship of some sort, please let us know.