- Safe Cleanups Guide
- Cleanup Results Reporting Form
- Best Trash-Picking Spots Guide
- Marine Debris ID Guide
- Trash Data Collection Form
- Free cleanup supply rentals
A New Normal
Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic turned everything at the NEC on it’s head–including Coastal Cleanup Day. Difficult circumstances often give rise to creative new ideas, and Coastal Cleanup Day 2020 became a month-long event full of prizes, citizen science, and coastal stewardship. This year, we’ll be continuing the new tradition of Coastal Cleanup Month. We’re pleased to be encouraging sustained activism, hopefully creating a trash-picking habit that will keep you coming back for more.
With vaccination rates on the rise and the state’s official reopening in June, we are confident that we can safely host large outdoor events in a safe manner. We recommend wearing your mask if you are attending a large cleanup with people outside of your immediate bubble. If you are uncomfortable gathering in large groups for your cleanup, we encourage you to participate with your family or friends in your own neighborhood, local park, or trail. All water leads to the sea, and a clean ocean starts on your street!
The spread of the Delta variant has put county-wide safety requirements in flux, and our guidance may change. You can keep up to date by following us on social media or checking this webpage. Another safety concern this time of year is air quality. If air quality rises above 100 AQI (orange level), we will ask volunteers to stay at home and participate only when it is safe to do so. For more tips on how to conduct a safe and successful cleanup, check out our Safe Cleanups Guide.
Citizen Science and Data Collection
Citizen science is a very important part of Coastal Programs at the NEC, and Zero Waste Coastal Cleanup Month is a perfect opportunity to collect data about the trash we see on our streets and beaches. 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 you found 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?
Citizen Science Resources:
- Data Collection Tutorial (link to trash trackers video)
- Plastic Pollution Action Journal
- NatGeo MapMaker Interactive
We are so appreciative of our Coastal Cleanup Month volunteers that this year we are offering a chance to win prizes for participants! Every volunteer who signs up and attends a cleanup will be entered into a weekly raffle where they can win fun prizes. If you do more than one cleanup, you will increase your odds of winning! Follow the NEC on Facebook or Instagram to learn about the weekly prizes being offered.
Support Coastal Cleanup Month
The NEC is Humboldt County’s Coastal Cleanup Day Coordinator and each year we inspire hundreds of volunteers to pick up thousands of pounds of trash around our community. This year we’re taking it to the next level with our month-long format and citizen science component, which will allow us to advocate for waste reduction solutions in our community. Here at the NEC we work on a shoestring budget and succeed only with determination, devotion, and aid from great volunteers. For 50 years, the NEC has served as a vital hub for information and programs that involve, inform, and inspire residents with regard to environmental issues that matter most on California’s north coast. From watershed awareness to climate action to beach cleanups the NEC has been at the forefront for all of us.
Show your support for Coastal Cleanup Month by purchasing one of our limited edition 5″ stickers for only $6 (includes shipping)! Only 50 available.
Email our Coastal Programs Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org