Coastal Cleanup Month 2023

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Keep checking our website for new cleanup locations and links to register!


Want to join a cleanup for Coastal Cleanup Month? Choose from our current list below and click the title to register!


Sept 2 : Crab Park Cleanup, 10-1 – Friends of the Eel

Sept 2 : Moonstone Beach & Little River Cleanup, 9:30-12 – TCLT

Sept 9 : Tuluwat Island Cleanup, 9:30am – Explore North Coast

Sept 10: Houda Point Cleanup, 10-12 – TCLT

Sept 16: Labor Temple Neighborhood Cleanup, 10-12:30+BBQ – UFCW5

Sept 16: Centerville Beach Cleanup, 11am – The Wildlands Conservancy

Sept 23: Shelter Cove Cleanup, 10-1 – Friends of the Lost Coast

Sept 23: North Jetty Cleanup, 10-12 – NEC & Surfrider Humboldt

Sept 23: Samoa Cleanup, 10-12 – RCAA

Sept 24: Cooper Gulch Cleanup, 11-1 – NCBBBS

Sept 30: Bay Trail Cleanup, 9-11 – Volunteer Trail Stewards

Sept 30: Friends of the Dunes Cleanup, 10-1 – FOD

Sept 30: Redwood Park Cleanup, 11-2 – HUUF

Oct 7: Petrolia Cleanup, 9-7 – Mattole Restoration Council


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Help us celebrate 44 years of coastal stewardship on the North coast by participating in Coastal Cleanup Month 2023! What was once a one-day event has been expanded to include cleanups every weekend in September, so you have more opportunities than ever to join with friends and family to make a difference for the environment. This month-long event will feature citizen science data collection and weekly prize raffles for participants!

Become a Site Captain

Site captains host a cleanup site that community members can sign up to attend, and are responsible for welcoming volunteers, distributing supplies, and coordinating logistics with the Coastal Programs Coordinator. We have a list of locations that you can choose from, or you can select your own. Cleanup sites don’t have to be on the beach, and you are welcome to choose a favorite park, trail, street, or other location in need of some TLC.

Support Coastal Cleanup Month

Coastal Cleanup Month is one of the largest cleanup events of the year. The Northcoast Environmental Center (NEC) is Humboldt County’s Coastal Cleanup Coordinator and each year we inspire hundreds of volunteers to pick up thousands of pounds of trash around our community. This September, community members will have the opportunity to participate in cleanups every weekend of the month for a chance to win prizes and collect valuable data on local trash patterns. Here at the NEC we work on a shoestring budget and succeed only with determination, devotion, and aid from great volunteers and our community. 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. Help us at the NEC continue our work by becoming a sponsor for Coastal Cleanup Month 2023!


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? 

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Volunteer Prizes

We are so appreciative of our Coastal Cleanup Month volunteers that we’re offering a chance for participants to win prizes! Every volunteer who signs in at a cleanup will be entered into a weekly raffle where they can win fun prizes. One cleanup = one raffle entry, so if you attend multiple cleanups in one week you can increase your odds of winning! Follow the NEC on Facebook or Instagram to learn about the weekly prizes being offered.


Masks will not be required at Coastal Cleanup Month cleanups, though our guidance may change depending on COVID-19 infection rates. You can keep up to date by following us on social media or checking this web page. 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. 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. Cleanup supplies (including medical sharps containers) will be available to check out for free through the NEC’s Lending Library. For more tips on how to conduct a safe and successful cleanup, check out our Safe Cleanups Guide.



Have Questions?

Email our Coastal Programs Coordinator at