Past Event – Volunteer for Coastal Cleanup Day

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:

Pacifica and Daly City: Saturday, September 16th

HMB and Foster City: Saturday, September 23rd

From 9AM to 11AM

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 and 16,035 cigarette filters.

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, but if you can’t don’t worry we will have a paper copy on site
  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!)

    If you don’t have supplies, you can borrow ours (while supplies last) and if you can’t download the Clean Swell app, we will have paper cards for you to fill out. We got you covered!
  4. Come to the meeting location on Saturday, September 16th and/or 23rd at 9am

Note: Once again, 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 on September 16th in Pacifica or Daly City 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 hereMeet at Safeway,  12 Manor Plaza, Pacifica, CA 94044
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
Daly City – Thornton VistaRegister HereThornton Vista Cleanup Info
Pacifica – Linda Mar (Habitat Restoration)Register hereLinda Mar Habitat Restoration Info

Find an organized cleanup on September 23rd in HMB or Foster City and register online to volunteer

Half Moon Bay – Pillar Point HarborRegister herePillar Point Harbor Cleanup Info
Foster City – 2 locations
1) Bridgeview Park
Register hereFoster City Cleanup Info
2) Baywinds ParkRegister hereFoster City Cleanup Info

To Have A Successful Experience & Cleanup

  1. You can download or get the latest version of 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

We 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.

To have a successful cleanup:

  1. Use gloves and buckets to collect trash
  2. Dispose of the trash appropriately
  3. Log your trash on the Clean Swell app to track the amount of trash you collect, make sure to add PBC as your group name so that we can see your work

Fun Fact: In 2022 499 volunteers did just this,  They logged 36,348 pieces and kept nearly 2000 pounds of waste from entering the ocean.

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.