September is Coastal Cleanup Month. Join in!

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This year, Coastal Cleanup is all month long and starts right at your door. Because no matter where litter happens, it all flows downstream to the coast and becomes ocean pollution when the rain comes.

So choose a day (or several!) in September and go out by yourself, with your family or a small group of friends and protect your happy place by picking up litter close to home! Local parks, shores, creeks, streets, sidewalks, drainage areas, natural areas, and trails are all good choices.

Ready to plan your cleanup? Find your city below.


Click here for Coastal Cleanup activities with The Watershed Project any day in September.
Join a virtual screening and discussion of Story of Plastic on September 13, 3-4pm.

Castro Valley and Unincorporated Areas

Sign up here to receive details and data collection tools for Coastal Cleanup Saturdays. For questions contact Cynthia Butler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Pledge to clean and green Oakland on any day in September during Creek to Bay Month. This recording from their kick-off event on September 2 provides great background, showcases some of the creek to Bay champions and gives a guided tour of the pledge webpage.

Alameda, Berkeley, Dublin, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Newark, Piedmont, Pleasanton, San Leandro and Union City

These cities are supporting the statewide campaign. To join in follow these steps!

Step 1

clean swell app imageDownload the Coastal Commission's CleanSwell app to record what you pick up to be included in the state-wide count. Alternatively, use this online form for logging.

Step 2

Coastal cleanup stuff to bringGather the things you'll need: bucket or bag, gloves, mask, trash bags, tongs to pick up things you don't want to touch (optional), water and snack, sunscreen, smart phone (if using the CleanSwell app).

Step 3

litter pickup CCD2020Read these how-to tips from the Coastal Commission, then go out and start collecting litter close to home - on your street, your local park, favorite trail or any other place that matters to you. Have fun!

After Your Cleanup

Cleanup share on socialTake the survey and share your cleanup photos! Tag @cleanwaterprog on Instagram or @cleanwaterprogram on Facebook and use hashtags #CoastalCleanup #ProtectYourHappyPlace.


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