Take your family and/or “germ pod” to one of our state beaches and help us collect trash. Don’t forget to follow COVID-19 precautionary guidelines and to bring your own water, snacks, gloves, and trashbags.
Social Distancing & Safety
Coastal Cleanup Day this year will be entirely socially distance friendly. We are asking that all participants only participate with others in their home. We ask that you respect social distancing rules in accordance to the current State of California guidelines. We encourage you to wear masks, reusable protective gloves, and use trash pickers if available. Depending on the current situation with COVID-19 we may or may not be able to rent out trash picking supplies. We also encourage you to dispose of all trash outside your home in an outdoor receptacle. Please review this Guidance for Neighborhood Cleanups document provided by the California Coastal Commission for a detailed guide on safe cleanup practices. *
Citizen Science & Data Collection
This year, we are putting a much stronger focus on education and data collection. Citizen science is a very important part of Coastal Programs at the NEC. Our Coastal Program’s staff and volunteers track marine and neighborhood debris to find local waste patterns (what kind of trash is being found and where) so we can advocate for waste reduction solutions in our community. See the data collection guide below to find how you can become a citizen scientist and contribute to a world wide marine debris database! As you are doing your cleanup consider being a trash detective and asking yourself these questions: How did the debris your finding make its way to the street? Where is it coming from? What items are you finding most? What is the difference between trash in multiple areas?