Join our group of Citizen Scientists!
– Clean & Collect: Anytime, Anywhere –
We all know that litter is harmful to our health, wildlife, forests, and oceans. Trash Trackers are here to do something about it!
Not only do our amazing volunteers spend their time and energy picking up trash, they also participate in citizen science by tracking what kind of trash is being found and where. This data collection helps us find local waste patterns so we can advocate for waste reduction solutions in our community.
How to Get Involved
For an overview of the Trash Tracker program watch this 10 minute video (coming soon).
Trash Tracker Volunteer Responsibilities:
- Watch the Trash Tracker Tutorial (coming soon).
- Read this guide on safe cleanups.
- Safely pick-up and properly dispose of litter.
- Track your cleanup using NOAA’s Marine Debris Tracker App
Explore Cleanup Data
Visit the NOAA Marine Debris Tracker Dashboard to view our cleanup data. Login to see your cleanup data history or explore Northcoast Environmental Center’s overall cleanup stats.
Tracker of the Year
The Tracker of the Year award is given to an outstanding Trash Tracker participant. Prizes may include gift cards to local businesses, recognition in EcoNews and on NEC’s social media, and a Tracker of the Year Certificate.
Adopt-A-Block & Adopt-A-Beach
Want to take your cleanup commitment to the next level? Join our Adopt-A-Block or Adopt-A-Beach program and commit to cleaning a beloved neighborhood route or your favorite beach at least once a month. Visit yournec.org/adopt for more information.
Trash Trackers began in 2020 and is a combination of the NEC’s Adopt-A-Beach and Adopt-A-Block programs. Adopt-a-Beach began in 1982 when the NEC received federal funding for its Humboldt Beach Beautification and Restoration project. The success of those early beach cleanups led to the creation of Adopt-A-Beach, now a statewide event coordinated by the California Coastal Commission. Moreover, this effort inspired the creation of the highly successful California Coastal Cleanup Day, part of International Coastal Cleanup Day.