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Coastal Cleanup Day 2016

September 17, 2016 from 9:00 am to noon
For more information, or to sign up for a location, please contact:
805-884-0459 x16

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


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

2016 Cleanup Sites

Below is the list of participating sites for the 2016 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)
Carpinteria Creeks 
- contact Erin Maker, City of Carpinteria; 805-684-5405,
Carpinteria Beach - Hosted by Self Enquiry Life Fellowship
Jelly Bowl Beach - Hosted by Carpinteria Family School
Lookout Park (Summerland) - Hosted by US Bank
Rincon County Beach; Bates - Hosted by Friends of Bates Beach
Santa Claus Lane - Hosted by Surf Happens Foundation 

Santa Barbara Area (10)
Arroyo Burro (Hendry's) Beach - Hosted by Explore Ecology
Butterfly Beach - Hosted by Montecito Association
Chase Palm Park Beach - Cameron Morello
East Beach (between Stearns Wharf & Skate Park) - Hosted by Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center
East Beach (Mission Creek Lagoon / Laguna Channel) - Hosted by Urban Creeks Council
East Beach (Bath House to Volleyball Courts) - Hosted by Medtronic
Hammond's/Miramar Beach/Fernalds - Hosted by Laguna Blanca School
Leadbetter Beach - Hosted by Channel Islands Outfitters & Save the Mermaids 
West Beach - Hosted by Santa Barbara Channelkeeper
Villa Carrilo Apartments Garden and Creek - Available

Goleta/Isla Vista Area (4)
Ellwood Bluffs - Hosted by City of Goleta Environmental Services
Goleta Beach - Hosted by Channel Islands Outfitters
Haskell's Beach - Hosted by Bacara Resort and Spa
Isla Vista Streets - Hosted by Isla Vista Parks and Recreation Adopt a Block 

Gaviota Coast (5)
El Capitan State Beach - Hosted by Santa Ynez Chumash Environmental Office
Gaviota State Beach - Hosted by Dunn School
Hollister Ranch - Hosted by Hollister Family
Refugio State Beach - Hosted by Gaviota Coast Conservancy
Tajiguas Beach - Hosted by Paradise Dive Club

Lompoc (1)
Jalama Beach - Hosted by Erika Lane

Santa Maria and Guadalupe Area (1)
Guadalupe Dunes - Hosted by Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center

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?

Nope. 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!