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Coastal Clean-Up Day 2023

September 23rd, 9:00 am

Address: 29 Sites Countywide

The 39th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2023 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 2023 cleanup sites.

During last year’s Coastal Cleanup Day, approximately 8,200 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.

29 cleanup sites will be hosted across the County this year, including Oak Park in Santa Barbara, 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

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. Go the extra mile and BYO-BOB (see below)!

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.


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.

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 it will still be suitable for your little ones. We 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 out!


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

If you can’t make the cleanup on the 23rd, 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.

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



Address: 29 Sites Countywide

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