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Coastal Clean-Up Day

September 17th, 9:00 am

Address: 29 Sites Countywide

The 38th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 9am to noon. Various cleanup sites will be hosted throughout the County, so choose your favorite or the one closest to you! Each site will have a captain able to provide instructions and supplies. Volunteers of all ages can participate at any of the 2022 cleanup sites.

During last year’s Coastal Cleanup Day, approximately 6,100 pounds of litter were removed from our beaches and waterways! We encourage you to join your fellow Californians and spend this Saturday morning giving back to the oceans, beaches, and creeks that make this County such a beautiful place to live.

Around 29 cleanup sites will be hosted across the County this year, including Zanja De Cota Creek in Santa Ynez, Jalama Beach near Lompoc, Refugio State Beach on the Gaviota Coast, and San Jose Creek in Goleta, just to name a few! Pre-registration is not required, but is encouraged. Specific meeting and parking information for each of the cleanup sites, as well as the link to register can be found at the website below.


What to Bring

Just like any clean-up event, it's a good idea to wear closed-toed shoes, bring your own reusable water bottle, and wear sunscreen and other sun protection like hats or sunglasses. Go the extra mile and BYO-BOB (see below)!


We encourage you to Bring Your Own Bag Or Bucket. Reusable gloves are welcome too.

Volunteer efforts last year saved over 500 bags, which were used for other clean-ups throughout the year. The less trash we generate for the event, the better it is for the environment. Read more about the effort on the Coastal Commission's website.

Do we need to bring our own supplies?

No, but it is highly encouraged. While we want to have the cleanest and greenest clean-up possible, we'll provide recycling and trash bags, gloves, and data cards for volunteers. However, don't be surprised if you only get one bag or one glove! After all, our primary goal is to reduce...and then reuse and recycle.

Age Requirements and Youth Volunteers

We welcome all ages at Coastal Cleanup Day. Most of our sites are appropriate for children, but if you see a location that requires lots of walking, make sure your kids can handle it. We also require a responsible adult to sign for any child under 18.

Community Service Credits

Beach captains have been authorized to sign your community service paperwork. Bring the appropriate forms and come help us out!


If you have any questions about this year's event, please send an e-mail to Explore Ecology.

Thank you, and we'll see you at the beach!

Each site will have a captain on hand to provide necessary instructions and supplies. We encourage volunteers to bring their own gloves, buckets, and other reusable cleanup supplies to lessen the plastic footprint of this event.

If you can’t make the cleanup on the 17th, we encourage you to cleanup any time during the month of September and your cleanup data will be included as part of Coastal Cleanup Day!

In Santa Barbara County, Coastal Cleanup Day is brought to you by the County of Santa Barbara Resource Recovery and Waste Management and our partner Explore Ecology, with support from the Cities of Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Solvang. The California Coastal Commission organizes the statewide event and the international event is organized by the Ocean Conservancy.

Be sure to Like Coastal Cleanup Day on Facebook and Instagram to get event updates.


Address: 29 Sites Countywide

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