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July 4th and 5th

Pollution Prevention is Patriotic!

On July 4th, 2014, 21 volunteers spread the Pollution Prevention message to beachgoers at high-impact beaches in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, while handing out 1,603 trash and recycling bags to help keep local beaches clean!

The next morning, 320 volunteers participated in our Star-Spangled Beach Cleanup and prevented a total of 1,894 pounds of pollution from local beaches and entering the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.


Thousands of people flock to beaches along the Central Coast each year to celebrate the Fourth of July. Unfortunately, this results in countless pieces of trash being left on the sand.

Save Our Shores tackles this pollution problem through education, outreach and awareness. Our staff and volunteers remind visitors to “Pack Your Trash,” hand out thousands of trash and recycling bags to beachgoers, and lead the July 5th Star-Spangled Beach Cleanup, the second largest beach cleanup of the year on the Central Coast.

YOU can join us!

Volunteer on July 4th, 2015

Volunteers will hit the beaches from 12-4 p.m. to remind visitors to properly dispose of and recycle their trash. If you are interested in joining our Pollution Prevention is Patriotic outreach efforts, contact cleanup(at)

Locations will be determined at the end of May, 2015.

Join the Star-Spangled Beach Cleanup on July 5th, 2015

Stop thousands of pounds trash and debris from polluting the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Join us from 8-10 a.m. at multiple beaches in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.

Cleanup locations will be determined in late May, 2015.

*If you want to help us expand our outreach and cleanup presence on July 4th or 5th, email cleanup(at)