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Coastal Cleanup Day 2020

September 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


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Coastal Cleanup Day is the world’s largest volunteer day to protect our environment and raise awareness about the global threat of pollution. Volunteers from all over the world do their part to clean local beaches, rivers, creeks, parks, and neighborhoods.

Last year, Heal the Bay organized 13,914 volunteers and removed 30,165 pounds of trash and debris from Los Angeles County in a span of three hours!

Heal the Bay is the official coordinator for Los Angeles County and we invite you to take part in this year’s big event on Saturday, September 26, 2020. 


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About Coastal Cleanup Day

Coastal Cleanup Day is an international day of action to protect our oceans, watersheds, neighborhoods, and wildlife from trash and debris. This massive volunteering effort has an astounding impact on many of our local natural habitats and communities. Heal the Bay proudly coordinates cleanup locations in Los Angeles County, California in association with Ocean Conservancy and California Coastal Commission.

Heal the Bay seeks volunteers of all ages and physical abilities to participate; no training or experience is necessary. Participants are advised to carpool, rideshare, bike or take mass transit – and to get there early! Heal the Bay Site Captains will organize a diverse mix of individuals, families, neighborhoods, community groups, schools, faith-based groups, sports teams, businesses, and more.

Data from the annual Coastal Cleanup Day event points at single-use plastic pollution as a major local and global issue. Cigarette butts, plastic food wrappers, and plastic beverage bottles/caps remain the top items found by Coastal Cleanup Day volunteers. Other common items include plastic bags, plastic straws and stirrers, plastic take-out containers, plastic lids, and foam take-out containers.

Nearly 80 percent of pollution in our marine environment comes from the land. Runoff from more than 200,000 storm drains on LA streets flows out to the Pacific Ocean causing the majority of local ocean pollution. By removing tons of pollution from our neighborhoods, in addition to beaches and waterways, cleanup participants reduce blight, protect marine animals, and boost the regional economy.

See the recap and full results from Heal the Bay’s Los Angeles County Coastal Cleanup Day in 2019 and view the worldwide reach of the International Coastal Cleanup in 2019.


September 26
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Heal the Bay’s Calendar features Aquarium, Beach, Outreach, Community Science and Youth events in Los Angeles County.

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Interested in doing a private beach cleanup? Check out our Suits on the Sand and Adopt-A-Beach experiences.

Wanna roll up your sleeves and become a Heal the Bay Volunteer? We have five distinct volunteer programs that we offer. Each program has a specific training associated with it, as well as its own volunteer roles. Aquarium – Aquarium volunteers work at our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. They support various public programs from interpreting at touch tanks to ensuring the success of private events. They also attend outreach events and represent Heal the Bay all over Los Angeles. Beach – Beach Captain volunteers support our large Nothin’ But Sand beach cleanups that occur every third Saturday of the month. They are also involved in other beach programs like Suits on the Sand, and have the opportunity to attend Coastal Cleanup Day Site Captain training. Outreach – These volunteers take Heal the Bay knowledge all over Los Angeles. Speakers Bureau volunteers present in classrooms, in business meetings, at beach cleanups, festivals and more. Community Science – MPA Watch Volunteers survey marine protected areas (MPAs) in Malibu and Palos Verdes. They monitor, collect data, and get to walk along some of California’s most stunning beaches. Youth – Middle and high school students register their school club with Club Heal the Bay to be part of a larger environmental advocacy community. In return, clubs receive recognition and rewards for their civic action projects. To get started as a Heal the Bay volunteer, attend a Volunteer Orientation.

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