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. 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.

There’s still time to get involved this Coastal Cleanup Month, whether that’s setting out on a self-guided cleanup, donating to the cause, or tuning in to a past or upcoming virtual event. Thank you for taking part and protecting what you love!

2. Self-Guided Cleanup

Didn’t make it to Coastal Cleanup Day? 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.

Register for a Self-Guided Cleanup

Track your trash with the CleanSwell app

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.

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. 

  • Friday (9/24) @ 2 pm – Problematic Plastics: Human Impact on Marine Life x Heal the Bay Aquarium

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.