Coastal Cleanup Day

Coastal Cleanup Day 2018 is Saturday, September 15

Many cleanup locations have reached capacity for pre-registration. The reason that we have capacity for our cleanup sites is we have limited supplies for volunteers. If you are able to bring your own supplies (bucket/bag, gloves, waiver, etc.) to the sites that are already full that would be a great help. Otherwise, we suggest heading out to another site to fill up the volunteer spots there. Thank you for understanding! 

Sign up to volunteer

Thank you for volunteering to cleanup our waterways and coastline at this year’s Coastal Cleanup Day!

2018 Cleanup Locations

Waiver, Data Card & Posters


Walk down any beach and you will find marine debris, defined as “any manufactured or processed solid waste material that enters the marine environment from any source.”  Marine debris impacts human health and safety, endangers wildlife and aquatic habitats, and costs local and national economies millions in wasted resources and lost revenues.

Most of the debris (80%) is due to land-based sources, like litter (from pedestrians, motorists, beach visitors), industrial discharges (in the form of plastic pellets and powders), and garbage management (ill-fitting trash can lids, etc).  Some marine debris comes from ocean going ships and boats.

Beaches in California attract millions of visits each year, most during the summer.  Thus, we focus our efforts on cleanup at the end of each summer.


Please download, fill out and bring with you to Coastal Cleanup Day.  We will have some on-hand but it’s helpful (and saves time!) if you can fill out a waiver beforehand and bring it with you.


Data Cards will be provided to volunteers, but to ensure we have enough supplies we invite you to print your own!  Volunteers are asked to tally data so we can submit this to an international debris report put together by Ocean Conservancy each year.  This also helps us look at top items for SLO County and notice any trends or changes for our area.  Download the Data Card


Artwork donated by California Artist Matt Beard:

Download or share online to help spread the word about Coastal Cleanup Day this year!


If not, please click here to sign up to volunteer at one of 35 locations in SLO County!  Or email to learn more about volunteering, especially if you have a large group you’d like to signup.

Please note: The link above will redirect you to an Eventbrite form to sign up for Coastal Cleanup Day. Your Eventbrite “free ticket” is your RSVP. You do not need to print this ticket. Thanks!



The annual Coastal Cleanup Day event engages volunteers from our community to clean up trash and debris.  Every year since 1986, we coordinate beach cleanups from San Simeon Point to Oso Flaco Lake. Even though Central Coast beaches are cleaner than some, last year 1,300 volunteers removed 6,400 pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches and creeks.

In California, Coastal Cleanup Day holds the distinction of drawing the most participation of any volunteer event over its thirty-three year history.  As County Coordinator, ECOSLO works with the California Coastal Commission to bring out our community in the campaign for healthy coasts, shorelines, and oceans. 

View photos from last year's Coastal Cleanup Day!

Click here to view pictures

Coastal Cleanup Day After-Party: Saturday September 15 from Noon-3pm

Join ECOSLO after our biggest volunteer day of the year – Coastal Cleanup Day!  ECOSLO hosts 35 cleanups  throughout SLO County; from parks, to creeks, to beaches, to lakes… but the fun won’t stop there!

After the morning of Coastal Cleanup Day, we’ll be at 7Sisters Brewing Co. in SLO celebrating all of our dedicated volunteers, amazing sponsors, and awesome supporters. Join us from 12noon-3pm for snacks, happy hour pricing, connecting with the ECOSLO community, and live music from Carbon City Lights! All ages are welcome to attend.

7 Sisters Brewing is located off of Tank Farm Rd. in SLO, at the corner of Long St. and Cross St. Click here for directions.


Thank you to our 2018 Coastal Cleanup Day Sponsors



City of Pismo Beach





BHE Renewables


Water Systems Consulting, Inc.









City of Morro Bay


New Times



Los Osos Community Services District





Cali-Kart Logo


Cutruzzola Vineyards
Little Sur Inn
Moonstone Landing
TSG Landscape
County of San Luis Obispo, Tobacco Control Program
Sunshine Health Foods

Become a Coastal Cleanup Day Sponsor today!

Sponsor Coastal Cleanup Day

Your sponsorship supports ECOSLO in making this event a cleanup success!  Advertising, volunteer recruitment, and community engagement are expanded with your support.

Sponsorship Packet

Download this year’s sponsorship packet and application:

CCD 2018 Sponsorship Packet


Online Sponsorship Form

You may also fill out the application online.  

Thank you for your consideration in sponsorship of this great, community event!