Coastal Cleanup Day



Awesome Coastal Cleanup video from 2015 by Runaway Kite!



Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday September 15, 2018!

Clean North Coast waterways begin with YOU.

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Click here for our Coastal Cleanup Site Map!

While scientists, inventors, governments and agencies try to figure out how to clean up the estimated millions of tons of garbage already in the ocean, the rest of us can help staunch the flow by participating in California’s Coastal Cleanup Day.

As longtime NEC supporters know, Coastal Cleanup Day has its humble beginnings right here in Humboldt County as a program of the NEC. Now international, the event is celebrated worldwide and is the single largest volunteer event in support of the marine environment.

With your help, over 1,000 Humboldt County Coastal Cleanup Day volunteers remove about eight tons of trash and recyclables from our beaches, rivers, bay and estuaries each year. Coupled with efforts throughout the state and around the world, Coastal Cleanup Day makes a quantitative difference in how much trash enters our ocean.

The Northcoast Environmental Center coordinates 60+ cleanups throughout Humboldt County—requiring an immense amount of staff time and community coordination. We will be seeking site captains and volunteers, as well as financial sponsorships to cover coordination costs. Contact the NEC at 707-822-6918 for more information.

Many thanks to all our cleanup volunteers, and site captains—some of whom come back to help year after year!


How To Get Involved: 

Be a site captain! Site captains are the main points of contact for the cleanup teams at each site and work with the NEC’s Cleanup Coordinator, recruiting teammates, gathering supplies, overseeing the successful cleanup of their site and reporting cleanup data back to the NEC. 


Check  the site map to see if there is a captain already leading the site! If there is already a captain for the site, have no fear, still sign up and we will put you in contact with them!

Join a team! Be part of the group cleaning up your favorite beach. Check out the site map to see who the captain of a site is and sign up using the link at the top of the page! All you need to do is sign up, show up and pick up!

Sponsor Coastal Cleanup! This is a fantastic way to support local cleanup efforts and publicize your business or organization as a friend to the ocean. The NEC has a number of sponsorship packages available and all include your logo on county-wide posters and recognition at a special Ocean Night event following Coastal Cleanup Day. Email  to find the support level right for you.

Spread the word! Passing info on to colleagues, friends, family, school teachers and civic minded groups.  The more hands we have on deck, the more impact we can make!

Stand together to put a stop to trash! If a product can’t be reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production. 


For more information, call us at 707-822-6918
or email




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