About San Diego Beach and Neighborhood Cleanups

Participating in a beach or neighborhood cleanup is a great way to have an immediate positive impact on the environment. By removing trash before it infiltrates our inland and coastal waters, you are helping protect the ocean and marine life from harmful marine debris. Cleanup volunteers collect, identify, and quantify trash to help us understand its origins and composition. This data informs our science, education, and advocacy work to support healthier communities and a cleaner environment.

Since 2007, we have partnered with Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter. Together, collect valuable debris data at beach cleanups up and down the coast. Thanks to volunteers like you, we have one of the longest-running community science marine debris databases.

Ways You Can Help

San Diego Coastkeeper offers various ways for you to help keep your neighborhood clean and healthy and protect our coastal and marine environments.

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Attend a Community Cleanup

Cleanup supplies provided, but please bring your own bag, bucket, and work gloves if you have them. Unless otherwise noted, all cleanups will be held from 9 am to 11 am. Pre-registration is only needed for groups of 20 people or more – please contact us at [email protected] or [email protected] depending on who is hosting.

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Take on the Six Cleanup Challenge

The Six Cleanup Challenge is our innovative, COVID-safe volunteer cleanup and community science program. It combines outdoor adventure, volunteerism, and data collection to challenge San Diegans to go beyond the average beach cleanup and into their coastal watersheds. Individuals and households conduct do-it-yourself cleanups while exploring our region’s unique and diverse beaches, neighborhoods, canyons, and parks to remove harmful debris and litter and protect their communities.

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Host a Sponsored Beach Cleanup

We invite impact-minded organizations and companies to partner with us and create a customized sponsored beach cleanup. Engaging your employees and members through volunteerism can inspire community involvement and build a culture of service and philanthropy. Hosting a sponsored cleanup challenge is a great way to demonstrate your company’s commitment to giving back.

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Become a Partner

Demonstrate your leadership and commitment to environmental stewardship, your community, and the planet. By becoming a Coastkeeper sponsor, you help support essential programs, like our beach and neighborhood cleanups, that protect and restore San Diego’s waterways and coastline. Explore clean water initiatives that advance public education and understanding of science and policy.

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