Coastal Cleanup Month Presented by Portland Potato Vodka & Ocean Conservancy

Heal the Bay Coastal Cleanup Month Poster 2021 by Kelsey Davenport

We reflect on the success of Coastal Cleanup Month 2021; where we embarked on Healing Our Watersheds across Los Angeles County throughout the month of September. We are all connected through our watersheds and together we can help them heal. This was our biggest cleanup of the year, and we appreciate everyone who came out and made a giant impact in LA by participating.

4,708 of our dedicated volunteers removed over 30,000 pieces of trash from our neighborhoods, parks, trails, and beaches this year. Together we’ve tracked more than 4 million pieces of trash picked up by volunteers at LA County beaches to date, and this informs and influences public policy and business practices.

Read an in-depth recap of Coastal Cleanup Month over at our blog, and take a look through our photo album to see all of the trashiest finds from cleanups this year.

Coastal Cleanup Month Recap Blog

1. Coastal Cleanup Day Success

On Saturday, Sept. 18, we had 2,735 volunteers join us at 35 beach, river, and inland sites across Los Angeles County for Heal the Bay’s 32nd Annual Coastal Cleanup Day. From 9 am til Noon, our volunteers covered 50+ miles of area on land and underwater, removing 5,051 pounds of trash and 156 pounds of recyclables.

It would not be Coastal Cleanup Day without a list of weird trash finds. Here are a few of our favorites from Coastal Cleanup Day 2021:

  • Social Security Card (Santa Monica Beach – North)
  • Student LAUSD Bus Pass from 2012 (Toes Beach)
  • Fake $50 Bill and Pearl earring (Mother’s Beach)
  • Barbie Doll head found in a tide pool (Surfrider Beach)
  • Bike wheel and pineapple (Ballona Wetlands)

If you participated, don’t forget to share your trashy photos and videos with us at #CoastalCleanupDay as we reflect on such an impactful day.

Thank you for taking part and protecting what you love!

2. Crushing the Self-Guided Cleanups

973 self-guided cleanups took place all month long and were an essential part of Coastal Cleanup Month. We’re sending big waves of thanks to our 1,973 cleanup volunteers who took part across their community–trails, neighborhoods, waterways and beaches–to protect what they love.

Interested in our self-guided cleanup program? Check out Adopt-A-Beach to continue cleaning up your happy places.

Plan Another Cleanup Today!

3. Virtual Advocacy Events

Heal the Bay’s Coastal Cleanup Month virtual events took participants on a journey through local watersheds and explored how to advocate for the places we love. Each week of September, we highlighted unique watershed regions – beginning at the top of our mountains, working through neighborhoods and waterways, and culminating at wetlands and beaches. Our virtual events featured experts, scientists, and partners who work to protect clean water in Los Angeles County. 

Catch up on our Live Videos on Instagram

Check out these newly signed Environmental Laws

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Share the Love

Thank you for tagging your cleanup, donation, and advocacy with #CoastalCleanupMonth so we were able to re-post all your good work… and weird trash finds.

 


A big wave of thanks to our event sponsors and partners!

               

Portland Potato VodkaOcean ConservancyCalifornia Coastal CommissionWater for LACity of Santa Monica, TIME TO ACT Entertainment

And, thank you to illustrator Kelsey Davenport who designed Heal the Bay’s Coastal Cleanup 2021 Poster.