Heal the Bay Beach Cleanups & More

Beach Cleanups in Los Angeles County

Heal the Bay mobilizes thousands of volunteers each year to pick up trash at beaches and in our watersheds in Los Angeles County. Cleanups are the last defense against marine pollution. We actively use data collected by volunteers (like total trash and the types of trash in each area) from local cleanups to educate businesses and communities, support environmental legislation, and advocate for the health of our waterways. In addition to picking up trash and debris at the beach, we encourage cleanups at any accessible outdoor location in Greater LA’s watersheds.

Here’s how you can get involved in a Heal the Bay cleanup through our Nothin’ But Sand, Suits on the Sand, Adopt-A-Beach, and Coastal Cleanup Day programs.

Heal the Bay has recently relaunched our once-a-month Nothin’ But Sand group beach cleanups for the public. Volunteers learn more about ocean pollution and how to make an impact. Due to limited capacity, we announce our beach cleanups no later than the 1st of the month. Sign up for our newsletter to stay in the know about where we’ll be next in LA. Questions? Contact Stephanie Gebhardt.

Looking to amplify sustainability and support clean, healthy, and safe coastal waters and watersheds? Sponsor a Nothin’ But Sand Cleanup and help your brand fulfill its commitment to making the world a better place! Contact our Advancement Team today.



Suits on the Sand is a private cleanup for organizations at the beach or local area of your choice with interactive team-building activities and a healthy dose of friendly competition. Questions? Contact our Suits of the Sand Team at suitsonthesand@healthebay.org today.


Individuals and households can Adopt-A-Beach by committing to three cleanups in one year at your chosen outdoor place (a beach, neighborhood, park, creek or trail) anywhere in Greater Los Angeles.


Heal the Bay hosts Coastal Cleanup Day in Los Angeles County on the third Saturday of September (save the date: September 23, 2023). Community members, businesses, groups, schools, teams, and more are encouraged to get involved in the biggest cleanup of the year at a favorite outdoor location in LA!

EACH TIME IT RAINS, the Los Angeles storm drain system rushes untreated water and all the debris that litters our streets, gutters, and sidewalks right into our beaches and coastline. Cleaning up the mess made by these trash-freeways in our community calls for the help of our trusty Storm Response Team! The Storm Response Team acts as the last line of defense, removing garbage washed out of the storm drain system and local waterways before it reaches the ocean. Interested in conducting your own Storm Response Team deployment? Join the team and stay safe and follow our extended self-guided cleanup safety tips for post-storm and atmospheric river conditions. 

📄 Download: Self-Guided Cleanup Tips – Storm Response and Atmospheric River Conditions


*****All Heal the Bay Cleanups are made possible by the generosity of the California Coastal Commission and other donors.
Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit established in 1985 that is dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds in Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy, and clean. We use science, education, community action, and advocacy to fulfill our mission.  Our work is made possible by the generosity of donors.  We reserve the right to decline donations from corporations and individuals who do not share our commitment to the environment.