Volunteer for Coastal Cleanup Day – Sat. Sept. 16th

This year will mark PBC’s 26th consecutive year of doing Coastal Cleanup Day!

Join us and the volunteers for the 39th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day set to happen on:

Saturday, September 16th from 9am to 11am at multiple locations!

We are extremely excited to bring back Coastal Cleanup Day as over the years, this event gives Earth and Ocean lovers from around the globe the opportunity to clean up their neighborhoods and beloved places. Join us and help us remove the trash and plastic pollution from our streets, parks, and beaches before the rain arrives.

Last year, for Coastal Cleanup Day 2022, 811 volunteers showed up and removed 1,623 pounds of landfill trash265 pounds of recyclables, 380 pounds of greenwaste, and more than 13,829 cigarette butts.

And for Coastal Cleanup Day 2021 our 748 volunteers from 20 official sites removed:
1,571 lbs of trash
499 lbs of recycles
16,035 cigarette filters

And according to the California Coastal Commission, in 2019, more than 74,000 volunteers picked up more than 900,000 pounds of trash from beaches and waterways throughout California and last year, despite COVID, more than 14,000 Californians participated in a neighborhood cleanup during the entire month of September, preventing over 150,000 pounds of trash from entering our stormwater systems and potentially polluting our coast and ocean. Well done!

How to Get Ready & Volunteer for Coastal Cleanup Day

Joining an organized beach cleanup is easy:

  1. Find a location near you or that you enjoy going to
  2. Sign our online waiver to prevent long lines during the check in process
  3. Gather the supplies that you will need to bring with you (think reusable)
    – 3 or 5 gallon buckets are ideal
    – Reusable gloves, the one for gardening or doing the dishes work well
    – Bring your mask (optional)
    – Closed toe-shoes, hat, sunblocks, reusable water bottles are always good to have
    – Download the Clean Swell app (remember, this is the cleanup where we count everything!)
  4. Come to the meeting location on Saturday, September 17th at 9am

Note: Our site captains will have a limited number of extra buckets and gloves. They will be distributed on a first come first serve basis so we highly encourage you to bring your own.

Find an Organized Cleanup at a Specific Location and Register Online to Volunteer

Pacifica – Esplanade BeachRegister hereEsplanade Beach Cleanup Info
Pacifica – San Pedro CreekRegister hereSan Pedro Creek Cleanup Info
Pacifica – Linda Mar State BeachRegister hereLinda Mar State Beach Cleanup Info
Pacifica – Sharp Park BeachRegister hereSharp Park Beach Cleanup Info
Pacifica – Rockaway BeachRegister here Rockaway Beach Cleanup Info
Pacifica – Manor Shopping CenterRegister here
Pacifica – Roberts RoadRegister hereRoberts Road Cleanup Info
Montara – Montara State BeachRegister here Montara State Beach Cleanup Info
Daly City – Mussel RockRegister here Mussel Rock Cleanup Info
Half Moon Bay – Pillar Point HarborRegister here Pillar Point Harbor Cleanup Info
Foster City – Baywinds ParkRegister HereFoster City Cleanup Info
Daly City – Thornton VistaRegister HereThornton Vista Cleanup Info
South San Francisco – Colma CreekRegister here
Pacifica – Linda Mar (Habitat Restoration)Register hereLinda Mar Habitat Restoration Info

Find other organized cleanups in Pacifica that might be near you and REGISTER HERE!

And During the Cleanup Remember

To Have A Successful Experience & Cleanup

  1. You can download the Clean Swell app in advance and use it on site
  2. Or we will give you paper cards to tally what you pick up
  3. Separate trash from recycling and from cigarette filters
  4. Take pictures and share them on our social media channels

Remember, this is the cleanup where we count every bit of trash, everything!

Not Joining an Organized Cleanup? Do Your Own!

Celebrate Coastal Cleanup Day wherever you are. Join millions of Earth Heroes by cleaning up your favorite location, or that needy spot you know!

Give Some Love to Your Favorite Spot, Join the Street to Beach Cleanup Program

If the place that you love and/or your neighborhood is not listed above, we still encourage you to join this wonderful and highly rewarding movement by doing a cleanup on your own or with your own group. These kind of cleanups are part of our Street to Beach Cleanup program. You log your work on the Clean Swell app to track the amount of trash you collect.

Fun Fact: In 2020, Coastal Cleanup Day only happened thanks to the Clean Swell app where 14,000+ Californians got the app and logged their results.

Check out our special Street to Beach Cleanup page to get more information on this program so that you can volunteer for Coastal Cleanup Day and all year long.

Map and List of Locations in Need of Love

If you want to do a cleanup outside our organized cleanups, here are a list of locations that are often being littered.

Town: Pacifica

Crespi Drive
Fairway Drive and around the Golf Course
Hwy 1 from Moose to Vallemar
Hickey Blvd
Linda Mar Blvd    
Manor Blvd (lower end)
Milagra Ridge (paths behind Oceana High School)
Moose Lodge area
Palmetto (by the recycling yard)
Reina Del Mar
Terra Nova Blvd
Waterford Street (the one by the Car Wash off of Monterey)

Town: Half Moon Bay

Around OPL and near the creek
South Jetty rocks
Stone Pine Center (parking lot)
New Leaf (parking lot)
Safeway (parking lot)

Town: Montara

Montara trail head
Gray Whale Cove

Get our Community Service Hours Approved

Here are detailed instructions on how to get some service hours approved if you are doing a cleanup on your own or at a location that does not have a PBC site captain.

California Coastal Cleanup Day Posters for 2023

You will find more information on this wonderful event on the California Coastal Commission website.