SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup

Presented by the Oregon Lottery | September 23, 2017

Take Care of Your Community

Join thousands of volunteers on September 23 as we support the health of our public beaches, neighborhoods, historic cemeteries and natural areas, and clean up litter from source to sea! 

Part of the International Coastal Cleanup and the National Public Lands Day, the SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup has been an Oregon tradition since 1984. This year's event will also be held in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Oregon Beach Bill, which placed our iconic beaches under public ownership in 1967. 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. Want to help spread the word? Check out our 2017 Social Media Guide!


How Do I Register for a Project?

There are over 100 litter cleanups and restoration projects to choose from across Oregon, including 45 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 23 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, 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 2017 Beach & Riverside Cleanup? Review the Beach Captain Responsibilities, and contact SOLVE for more information! Beach Captains are needed at 45 check-in sites on event day to set up registration, check in volunteers, distribute supplies, and more.


Come Prepared, Stay Safe, and Have Fun!

Your project leader will provide 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 2016, the 30th annual International Coastal Cleanup mobilized over half a million volunteers in 112 countries to collect more than 18 millions pounds of trash along beaches and inland waterways. See the resulting Trash Index.

Become a litter scientist! Download the Clean Swell app and help us track litter data during SOLVE litter cleanup events. You can also use a paper data card, which will be available during the September 23 cleanups. Check out our historic data and Oregon's Most Common Litter!

SOLVE extends its thanks to the Local Coast Haulers

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Kaleen Boyle
Outreach Coordinator                      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.


2016 Beach & Riverside Cleanup 
Final Report

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