Interested in being a part of the largest global volunteer event? Give back by participating in Santa Barbara County’s Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD)!
On Saturday, September 15 from 9 a.m. to noon, Explore Ecology invites residents to help keep the beaches of Santa Barbara trash-free. Last year, local volunteers picked up 635 lbs. of trash and 1,433 lbs. of recyclables.
“The ocean needs us! Research shows that more than 800 species are impacted by plastic marine debris and that eight million tons of plastic are released into the oceans worldwide each year. If you’re concerned by these numbers, please join us! Coastal Cleanup Day is a fun and easy way to make a positive impact. On September 15th, go to your favorite beach, sign in with the Beach Captain on hand, and start your cleanup. We encourage people to bring their friends and families because, unfortunately, there’s enough trash for everyone!” says Jill Cloutier, Explore Ecology’s PR Director and Co-Coordinator of CCD.
The cleanup is open to volunteers of all ages, and Explore Ecology encourages pre-registration although it’s not required. Those who register before the event will be entered into the CCD Ocean Lovers’ Raffle, including prizes from Patagonia, the Santa Barbara Sailing Center, and REI.
Locals interested have more than 27 beach sites to choose from, including:
Arroyo Burro Beach
Carpinteria State Beach
East Beach – at Chase Palm/S Calle Cesar Chavez
East Beach – Anacapa Street
East Beach – Garden St.
East Beach – Volleyball Courts
Gaviota State Beach
Isla Vista Streets
Jelly Bowl Beach
Refugio State Beach
Rincon County Beach (Bates)
Santa Claus Lane
Smugglers Cove (Channel Islands)
Zanja De Cota Creek
Each site will also have a Beach Captain to provide supplies, give out instructions and answer any questions. Explore Ecology recommends that volunteers bring their own reusable buckets, bags and gloves to decrease the plastic footprint of the coastal cleanup.
Volunteers can also put their tech-savvy skills to use by downloading the Clean Swell app on their smartphones. Using the app, they’re able to record the amount of trash collected. Data sheets will be available to those who don’t wish to use the app or are unable to.
For those interested in volunteering after CCD, Explore Ecology hosts a Monthly Beach Cleanup on the second Sunday of every month at Arroyo Burro Beach from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
To sign up for pre-registration, click here.