Trash-a-thon 2021

Celebrate Earth Week With Us!


April 19 – 25
Anytime, Anywhere

What is Trash-A-Thon?
Celebrate Earth Week with citizen science, direct-action activism, and fundraising for you favorite non-profit, the NEC!

Trash-a-thon is similar to a walk-a-thon, except instead of raising money for miles walked, you’re raising money for the number of pieces of trash you pick up.

Anyone can volunteer to pick up trash, either as an individual or in small teams. (COVID Bubble Buddies only please). Leading up to the day of the cleanup, volunteers are encouraged to virtually collect pledges (donations) from their family and friends. A suggested pledge could range anywhere from $0.05  – $5 per piece of trash. 

How To Sign Up
Register yourself or your team at

Deadline to sign up is Friday, April 16, 2021.
Once you have registered, it’s time to get pledges! Contact your family, friends, co-workers, community, etc. and ask if they’d like to make a donation. We highly encourage that all pledgers donate through (Rallyup accepts check or card).

If you are not comfortable using the Rallyup website, email and we will gladly help you register or make a donation online.

Volunteer Responsibilities
Please read this guide on Volunteer Responsibilities to have a safe and successful Trash-a-thon cleanup.

Why Trash-A-Thon?
Citizen science is a very important part of Coastal Programs at the NEC. 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.

Additionally, all funds raised from Trash-a-thon support the NEC’s Coastal Programs (Adopt-A-Block, Adopt-A-Beach, Zero Waste Coastal Cleanup Day, Trash Trackers, Reduce Single-Use Pledge, and Butt In: Cigarette Litter Prevention Program). The NEC works on a shoestring budget and succeeds 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 and climate action to beach cleanups and celebratory all-species parades, the NEC has been at the forefront for all of us.

Looking for more volunteer cleanup opportunities?
Sign up for Trash Trackers!