SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup

Presented by the Oregon Lottery | September 24, 2016

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2016 project sites!

Take Care of Your Community

Join thousands of volunteers on September 24 as we take care of Oregon's neighborhoods, parks, and natural areas! It's an easy, fun way to get outside, meet your neighbors, and make a difference by cleaning up litter and marine debris, removing invasive plants, or planting native trees and shrubs at project sites along the entire coast and across the state.

Part of the International Coastal Cleanup and the National Public Lands Day, the SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup has been a family-friendly Oregon tradition since 1984. Get involved today and make a difference for tomorrow!

 

Who Can Volunteer?

This is a family friendly event (note that some sites may have a minimum age restriction). Businesses, church groups, students, families, and individuals have all participated in Beach & Riverside Cleanup events. If you are a volunteer or business group, please see the SOLVE Group Leader Guide for more information and event day tips. 

 

How Do I Register for a Site?

There are over 100 project sites to choose from across Oregon, including 46 beach cleanup sites scattered along the entire Oregon coast. Register for a project near you or head out to your favorite beach or natural area. View a complete list of sites here, including the beach cleanup site map, or visit our online Calendar of Events. Note that some projects will take place the week before and after September 24 and may have different start times.  

If you are planning to register a large volunteer group (10 or more), please feel free to contact us directly - Kaleen Boyle at kaleen@solveoregon.org, 503-844-9571 x332. We are happy to help direct you to the best site for your group!

 

Become a Beach Captain!

Interested in becoming a SOLVE Beach Captain during the 2016 Beach & Riverside Cleanup? Review the Beach Captain Responsibilities, and contact SOLVE for more information! Beach Captains are needed at 46 check-in sites on event day to set up registration, check in volunteers, distribute supplies, and more.

 

Come Prepared, Stay Safe, and Have Fun!

SOLVE provides bags, gloves, tools, and instructions once you check in at your project site. Be prepared for changing weather and wear sturdy shoes. Additional tips to maximize cleanup and sustainability efforts include:

  • Bring a pair of gardening/work gloves to reduce use of vinyl gloves
  • Bring a reusable water bottle
  • Carpool and use public transportation where possible
  • Plan ahead and pack a "trash-free" lunch
  • At litter cleanups, bring a bucket or reusable bag to reduce the amount of plastic bags used
  • At beach cleanups, bring an old colander to sift the tide lines for harmful, bite-sized bits of plastic
  • If you find hazardous debris, do not touch it! Report it to your project leader

 

Trash Free Seas: Every Piece, Every Person

The SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup is part of an annual worldwide effort to keep our beaches and waterways clean and healthy and reduce the impacts of litter on marine life. In 2015, the 29th annual International Coastal Cleanup mobilized over 560,000 volunteers in 91 countries to collect more than 16 millions pounds of trash along beaches and inland waterways. See the resulting Trash Index. Register to volunteer at a site near you on September 24 and join the world's largest effort for our oceans!

 


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Kaleen Boyle
Outreach Coordinator
kaleen@solveoregon.org                      503-844-9571 x332

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Are you a Project Leader or Beach Captain?
These links include the resources you need to develop a successful project!

 

Are you a Volunteer/Business Group?
These resources will help you plan for the event.

 

Need Community Service Hours?
Bring the following forms to the event.

 

2015 Beach & Riverside Cleanup 
Final Report

Beach and Riverside Cleanup Sponsors

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