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Ocean Cleanup is a global movement that encompasses 6 million volunteers in 90 countries and across the United States. On September 18, you can join the movement in many ways:  

Plus, check out some of our MarineQuest resources to get some ideas for how you can help: 


World Cleanup Day

On September 18th, 2021, World Cleanup Day, people in 180 countries are standing up against the global trash problem and clean up waste, making it the biggest positive civic action the world has seen. Over 50 MILLION Volunteers since the inaugural event in 2018. Engage your community and join the World and United States for World CleanUp Day.

Imagine a powerful “green wave” starting in Japan and ending in Hawaii, with hundreds of millions of people taking positive action together on the very same day. We aim to unite the global community, raise awareness, and implement true change to achieve our final goal – a clean and healthy planet.


International Coastal Cleanup Day

International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICCD) is one of the world's largest annual preservation and protection events and volunteer efforts for our ocean, waves and beaches. Surfrider Foundation chapters engage and motivate their communities to take action at local beach cleanups. The cumulative result is not only a cleaner and healthier coastline but also a raised consciousness for accessible actions people can integrate into their lives to promote healthy beaches on a daily basis. 

Some of the top five most commonly collected items on ICCD last year were cigarette butts, plastic beverage bottles, food wrappers, plastic bottle caps and plastic straws, respectively. All are forms of plastic debris. The very qualities that make plastic an adaptable and durable product to use, also make it an environmental nightmare. Plastics do not biodegrade. Instead they break down with exposure to weather and the sun’s ultraviolet rays into smaller and smaller pieces. When these pieces infiltrate the environment, especially marine environments, they wreak havoc on wildlife and the ecosystem.

The Surfrider Foundation’s volunteer network conducts beach cleanups throughout the West, East, Gulf, Great Lakes, Hawaiian and Puerto Rican Coasts. Our national Beach Cleanup program provides a fun and easy way to volunteer and engage with our mission to protect our ocean, waves and beaches, for all people.

Find your local chapter, and get involved!