Volunteers of the Street to Beach Cleanups

Due to COVID restrictions on monthly beach cleanups, PBC created the Street to Beach program to inspire individuals and families to cleanup their neighborhoods and favorite places, and log their work on the Clean Swell app.

The response has been incredible and we have some very interesting statistics! By December 2020, 247,508 cigarette filters and over 25,000+ pounds of trash have been removed from the waste stream. More than 150 students contributed 300+ hours of community service picking up trash! Small teams have worked together to clean our shores and littered spots.

Our ocean still needs us. So sign up, gear up, go outside and do something rewarding!

Earth Heroes of the Street to Beach Cleanups

And for the 6860 volunteers who already joined us, we wanted to say thank you for cleaning up your street, your beach, your park or your neighborhood over the past few months. Here are some of the faces behind the numbers. The faces of the Earth Heroes that are keeping our planet clean and our ocean healthy.

“Thanks very much. We’re out there pretty much every weekend. Having PBC go “informal” and use the app has been great for allowing us to do this when we want.

– Mark H. who cleans up Sharp Park, Pacifica almost every week

“Pro-tip: if you skip the pick up stick and squat or lunge for all the trash- you also get a good strength building workout! I was sore after my first 100 pieces/squat-lunges!”

Julie Maria

My daughter Claire and I were at Ocean beach today in San Francisco and she picked up trash for about 2 hours. She downloaded the Clean Swell app and then when finished, hit done. (I filled out the waiver ahead of time). She picked up a TON of trash! Frankly I can’t believe how much trash is out there, especially fishing items and straws, food wrappers and other strange things like souls of shoes. Wake up call that I need to stop buying and accepting straws for my family.

Linda S. – San Francisco