San Diego County Chapter

Solo Cleanups

While our community beach cleanups and other group events remain suspended due to to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve adapted to safe, physically distant “Solo” Beach Cleanups. 

Plastic pollution certainly isn’t taking time off, so why should we?





Psst! We are now hosting small, physically distanced Beach Cleanups for groups of up 25 volunteers – click HERE to find out more about our “Strike Team” cleanup program and how to get involved! 

“Participation in a solo cleanup event is voluntary and solely at a participant’s own risk, including risk associated with COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2). Individuals should only participate to the extent that they can comply with applicable federal, state, and local rules and restrictions, and the below required practices including physical distancing.”



Mask / face covering

 Gloves and/or trash grabber

Bucket or reusable bag for trash

 Printed data sheet + pencil (or use the Surfrider San Diego list on Marine Debris Tracker app)

Enter completed data sheets via our online cleanup database or send photo to BeachCleanups@SurfriderSD.org

Share your cleanup with us! Tag @SurfriderSanDiego & use #SoloBeachCleanUp on your posts for a chance to be featured on our IG!

A Surfrider volunteer keeps it local & hits her neighborhood park

wherever you are, it's a beach cleanup

Not easy to get to the beach right now? Not a problem. Unfiltered plastic pollution from all over the county finds its way to our beaches and ocean via waterways and storm drains.  Because all pollution flows downstream, a “beach cleanup” doesn’t necessarily have to be conducted on the beach. We encourage you to conduct a solo cleanup wherever it is safe and convenient to do so – in your neighborhood, at your local park, or anywhere in your watershed! 

we can't rally, but we can tally!

By using our data sheet to tally your findings, 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, and when you finish, submit your data online using our Online Beach Cleanup Tool!

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