San Diego County Chapter

Beach Cleanups

You can also visit our Solo Beach Cleanups page if conducting cleanups on your own or with friends is a better option.

SINCE 2017

Pounds of Trash Removed


Beach Cleanups to Date

Sponsor A Cleanup

Help protect our ocean, waves and beaches by sponsoring a public cleanup or hosting a private one. Sponsoring a cleanup helps establish your company as a good corporate citizen and encourages brand loyalty. Cleanups also provide employees with a fun, accessible way to engage with their community, as well as strengthen employee team building and morale.

Do Your Part

Join us this month, and help us Rise Above Plastics by bringing your own reusable supplies and reducing your plastic footprint!

Reusable bags, buckets, gloves and grabbers will be available for those who do not have their own supplies. Wear comfortable clothes, a hat and sunscreen. Also, don’t forget your reusable cup or bottle to stay hydrated (single-use plastic bottles are highly discouraged).

In addition to our calendar buttons, we encourage advance registration via the submission forms below. 

Register for a upcoming cleanup

Registration is not required, but helps us coordinate logistics and communicate with you regarding any changes, cancellations, or other important details. Also, signing our digital waiver beforehand will shorten your wait time at the cleanup! Registrations are updated monthly.

SF/SD + SDRPF Clean & Green Estuary Cleanup
  • Saturday 1/15 from 9am-12pm
  • Join Surfrider Foundation and San Diego River Park Foundation for a beach and estuary cleanup! Meeting near the entrance to the Dog Beach parking lot in Ocean Beach.
  • We’ll be cleaning up the North, South, East and West sides of the estuary
imperial Beach cleanup - monthly cleanup
  • Monday 1/17 from 9am-11am
  • Join Surfrider Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County for a beach and street cleanup collaboration at the end of Palm St. in Imperial Beach

* Please note that our monthly Moonlight Beach Cleanups will resume in February.

rally for the tally

We ask volunteers to tally what they find at our beach cleanups. By doing so, you contribute to Surfrider’s local, state, and nationwide databases which highlight the main sources of pollution on our shores. Your data informs our ongoing education and policy efforts to achieve our true aim – the prevention of trash reaching the beach in the first place. 

With your help, we can keep our data game strong and continue to demand real solutions from policymakers and corporate polluters. Tally while you clean, then turn in your completed data sheet to our Site Captain when you’re done. 


At the end of each year, we combine data with San Diego Coastkeeper and publish a detailed report on our cleanup findings. Check out our 2019 report below.

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