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30th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day

Presented by the California Coastal Commission

What:        Tens of thousands of Californians will gather along the beaches, shorelines, and inland waterways of the state to clear away the debris that has accumulated over the past year.

Last year, over 58,000 Coastal Cleanup volunteers collected close to 750,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from 54 of California’s 58 counties. Almost 20% of that debris was recycled.

When:        Saturday, September 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in most locations.

Where:      Cleanups will take place at over 850 sites on California beaches, bays, rivers, creeks, parks, roadsides, and highways. Orange County will host nearly 50 sites.  Contact Matthew Le for exact locations and other site-specific information. For further detail, visit our web site at

Why:          “For 30 years now, the California Coastal Commission and local partners across the state have invited Californians to join us in protecting our coast, ocean, waterways, and the incredible wildlife that calls them home,” said Eben Schwartz, Marine Debris Program Manager for the California Coastal Commission. “The legacy of the Cleanup is found in the experiences of our volunteers, who make this incredible event possible. After 30 years, we need their help more than ever.”

How:          Visit or call (800) COAST-4U for more information.

Who:          California Coastal Cleanup Day event is presented by the California Coastal Commission with lead sponsorship from Crystal Geyser Natural Alpine Spring Water by CG Roxane. Additional support comes from NOAA, CalOES, Oracle, Rubio’s, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, the Whale Tail© Specialty License Plate, Lennar, and See’s Candies. 

California Coastal Cleanup Day 2014 is supported by the California Coastal Commission, California State Parks Foundation, and Ocean Conservancy. This event is made possible by the hard work of hundreds of local non-profits and government agencies throughout the state and tens of thousands of volunteers annually.