Coastal Cleanup Month Presented by Portland Potato Vodka & Ocean Conservancy

Heal the Bay Coastal Cleanup Month Poster 2021 by Kelsey Davenport

Join Heal the Bay for Coastal Cleanup Month 2021 in Los Angeles County this September as we embark on Healing Our Watersheds. We are all connected through our watersheds and together we can help them heal. This is our biggest cleanup of the year. So, don’t miss out on making a giant impact in LA by doing a cleanup near you.

Our dedicated volunteers removed 40,101 pieces of trash from our neighborhoods, parks, trails, and beaches last 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.

Let’s go!

1. Take Part in Coastal Cleanup Day

Join us Saturday, September 18 from 9 am to Noon for our biggest cleanup event of the year: Coastal Cleanup Day!

Register for one of our in-person group cleanups at 30+ coastal, inland, and river sites in Greater LA to help us reach our goal of removing 50,000 pieces of trash and debris.

Supplies are provided and it is free to attend– all your need to bring is yourself and sturdy shoes. We need your support this Coastal Cleanup Day. Whether that’s 30 minutes or the full event, we appreciate our volunteers and their dedication to healing our watershed.

Don’t miss out on making a splash in your community. Register Today!

Sign up for Coastal Cleanup Day

Check out our Coastal Cleanup Day Site Map to pick a location in LA County that suits you:

Track your trash with the CleanSwell app

To prepare for the big day, be sure to download the CleanSwell app (designate “Heal the Bay” as your group) so you can track your trash as you collect. This will upload your cleanup data to the global database, joining thousands of other volunteers’ from across the world. Your data is vital in tracking trends to help officials make informed decisions about public policies and solutions for a cleaner ocean.

Have a group? Contact us at for group registration details.

Our Coastal Cleanup Day in-person group cleanups on Sept. 18 will adhere to COVID-19 health and safety precautions. 

2. Self-Guided Cleanup

Can’t make it this Saturday? Do a self-guided beach and neighborhood cleanup this week and your trash will get counted toward our total!

Self-guided cleanups can take place all month long. Do them anytime and anywhere to take part. Plus, all Heal the Bay volunteers who sign up for self-guided cleanups this September will receive 15% off our Heal the Bay Shop.

3. Donate to Heal the Bay & Your Gift Will Be Matched

Your donations to Heal the Bay during Coastal Cleanup Month will be matched (up to $20,000) thanks to our generous Heal the Bay board members. Double your impact and give today.

Donate to Heal the Bay

4. Attend Our Virtual Advocacy Events

You’re invited to Heal the Bay’s Coastal Cleanup Month virtual events where we’ll go on a journey through local watersheds and learn how to advocate for the places we love. Each week in September we are highlighting unique watershed regions – beginning at the top of our mountains, working through neighborhoods and waterways, and culminating at wetlands and beaches. Our virtual events feature experts, scientists, and partners who work to protect clean water in Los Angeles County. 

Catch up on our Live Videos on Instagram

Take Action and Advocate for these Environmental Bills

Get in the loop with Coastal Cleanup Day updates and upcoming virtual events by subscribing to our Blue Newsletter.

Share the Love

Tag your cleanup, donation, and advocacy with #CoastalCleanupMonth so we can 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.