This year, cleaning California’s coast will start right at your front door!
From 9 a.m. to Noon on each Saturday in September, Californians can help clean the coast by sweeping through their own neighborhoods and local parks, public trails, creeks, rivers, and beaches to help prevent single-use plastic items and other litter from polluting the environment and flowing into the ocean.
Due to the ongoing pandemic we will not be hosting traditional cleanup “sites” with large gatherings of volunteers. Instead we want to invite Ventura County residents to honor the spirit and intention of the cleanup while staying close to home and following local public health orders. Trash in the streets will become beach and ocean pollution once the rains start. Everything flows downhill. Cleaning our neighborhoods and local natural areas provides a valuable service to the coast and our communities alike.
For the full guidance, click here.
To learn how to record your trash data using the Clean Swell app, click here.
Californians continue to show they care deeply about the environment by supporting the cleanup year after year. Over 1.6 million volunteers have removed over 26 million pounds of trash over the past three decades in what has become the largest and one of the longest running annual volunteer events in the state.
Ventura County Coastal Cleanup Day 2019 was a great success! 3,795 volunteers participated and picked up 17,327 pounds of trash and recyclables. Statewide over 74,000 Californians cleared more than 800,000 pounds of trash from shorelines and waterways – all in a matter of hours. Thank you to our site captains, volunteers, and regional sponsors, we couldn’t have done it without you!
The mission of Ventura Countywide Coalition for Coastal & Inland Waterways is, “Promoting clean & healthy beaches, rivers and creeks throughout Ventura County”.