Coastal Cleanup Day

Thank you for making Coastal Cleanup Day 2018 a success!

1,312 volunteers picked up 5,688 lbs. of trash & recycle across 36 cleanup locations throughout SLO County!

Did you volunteer for this year’s Coastal Cleanup Day? If so, we want your feedback!

How can ECOSLO and the California Coastal Commission improve Coastal Cleanup Day next year? Offer your feedback through the online survey and you’ll be entered into a drawing for fabulous prizes! 

Take Volunteer Survey

SAVE THE DATE: Coastal Cleanup Day 2019 is Saturday, September 21


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




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




2018 Pictures & Results

View photos from this year's Coastal Cleanup Day!

Click here to view pictures

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:



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. 

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!