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Coastal Clean-Up Day

September 9th, 9:00 am


Join the County and Explore Ecology for Coastal Clean-Up Day from 9 AM to Noon on Saturday, September 18th!

The largest volunteer effort in California, Coastal Cleanup Day is our day to give back to the ocean, beaches, and creeks that make Santa Barbara County such a wonderful place to live. Get outside, enjoy nature, and and remove marine debris from our beaches and waterways.

Volunteers of all ages can participate at any of the 27 cleanup sites. Pre-registration is not required, but is encouraged. Visit this website to register!

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 18th, 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.

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