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Coastal Cleanup Day 2017

September 16, 2017 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

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Coastal Cleanup Day is a local and international event held every September to clean our beaches and waterways.

Explore Ecology is coordinating this year's event.  Please email for more information. 


In Partnership With:
PCW Logo Explore Ecology Logo CCCLogo Day of Caring    
 City of Carpinteria CityGoletaLogo CitySBSeal      

2017 Cleanup Sites

Below is the list of participating sites for the 2017 event. As we get closer to this year's event, we'll be updating the list, so please check back frequently!  Here is a map of the current cleanup locations:  Google Site Map

Click a region below to find nearby beaches and then click the beach name for more information about that particular site.

Carpinteria/Summerland Areas (6)
City of Carpinteria Yacht Club - Hosted by City of Carpinteria Yacht Club
Jelly Bowl Beach - Hosted by Carpinteria Family School
Lookout Park (Summerland) - Available
Rincon County Beach; Bates - Hosted by Friends of Bates Beach
Santa Claus Lane - Hosted by community member

Santa Barbara Area (8)
Arroyo Burro (Hendry's) Beach - Hosted by Explore Ecology
Butterfly Beach - Hosted by Montecito Association
East Beach (Anacapa Street) - Hosted by Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center
East Beach (Laguna Street) - Hosted by Hertz
East Beach (Volleyball Courts) - Hosted by Tomorrows Green
Hammond's/Miramar Beach/Fernald - Hosted by Laguna Blanca School
Leadbetter Beach - Hosted by Medtronic  
West Beach - Hosted by Channelkeeper

Goleta/Isla Vista Area (4)
Ellwood Bluffs - Hosted by Girl Scout Troop #50914
Goleta Beach - Hosted by Axia Payments
Haskell's Beach - Hosted by Bacara Resort and Spa
Isla Vista Streets - Hosted by Isla Vista Recreation & Park District Adopt-a-Block Program 

Gaviota Coast (5)
El Capitan State Beach - Hosted by RiteCare Language Center
Gaviota State Beach- Hosted by Dunn School 
Hollister Ranch - Hollister Family
Refugio State Beach- Hosted by Gaviota Coast Conservancy
Tajiguas Beach- Hosted by Paradise Dive Club

Santa Ynez Valley (1)
Zanja De Cota Creek - Hosted by Santa Ynez Chumash Environmental Office

Lompoc (1)
Jalama Beach - Hosted by community member 

What else is on this page?

There's lots to know about Coastal Cleanup Day. Find all the answers to your questions below!

What happened in 2015?

Coastal Cleanup Day 2015 had another huge volunteer turnout! 1,029 volunteers collected over 2,875 pounds of trash and 1,348 pounds of recyclables from 25 sites from Rincon Beach Park to Guadalupe Dunes in Santa Barbara County!  

About half of the volunteers brought their own reusable buckets or reusable bags for trash and gloves for the cleanup.  Some sites, like Explore Ecology, who hosted a site at Arroyo Burro Beach, brought their own reusable buckets for volunteers to use to discourage waste.  

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What to Bring

Just like any cleanup 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 or a friend named Bob! Reusable gloves and friends of other names are welcome too.

Volunteer efforts last year saved over 500 bags, which were used for other cleanups 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 cleanup 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.

Ages 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!