SOLVE Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup

March 26, 2016 | 10 am - 1 pm

Save the Date for the next Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup -
March 26, 2016!  

Click here to see photos from the 2015 event 

Thank you to the 5,150 volunteers who helped clear the entire Oregon coast of trash at the annual SOLVE Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup on March 28, 2015. Volunteers made the following improvements to our beaches:

    • Removed 68,000 pounds of litter and marine debris
    • Hauled away 53 tires

An Oregon tradition for 30 years, the twice-annual coast-wide beach cleanups have seen nearly 240,000 SOLVE volunteers remove an estimated 3.2 million pounds of trash from our beaches since 1984.

"Oregon's beaches are a big part of who we are as Oregonians," said Lisa Van Lannen, Oregon Parks & Recreation Director. "The beach is for all of us, and caring for it has become a wonderful public tradition. We are grateful to SOLVE and to the thousands of citizens who give their time and energy to keeping our beaches clean."

The most common items found during the event were tiny bits of plastic, cigarette butts, fishing rope, glass bottles and plastic bottles. Interesting items found by volunteers included a large dock washed up near Battle Rock, a discarded baby stroller in Seaside, 200 feet of fishing rope in Cannon Beach, a broken mailbox near Cape Lookout State Park, and bayonet at Sunset Beach. 

There were also many inspiring stories from across the coast. Down in Gold Beach, the Visitor Center partnered with the U.S. Forest Service for their first ever community-led Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup event. A crew of 43 volunteers cleared nearly 1,500 pounds of litter off of five miles of beach, and a lucky few even collected prized glass blown floats. At the Sand Lake Recreation Area, over 100 members of the Sand Lake Duners led the cleanup effort, helping to give back to the beaches they love. 

Serving as Beach Captains since the 1980s, the Rockaway Beach Lions Club welcomed 140 volunteers with free lunch, including hot dogs and donations from the Metro Korean Lions Club. They cleared over 3,500 pounds off the beach and road. At Short Beach, a few brave volunteers hiked up and down hundreds of steps to pick up litter, while Netarts Oceanside Fire and Rescue hauled debris off nearby Bayocean Spit.

Many of the event's sponsors also joined in the effort. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department coordinated over half of the 45 check-in sites, and helped haul thousands of pounds of trash. Local transfer stations and coastal counties once again generously donated their services up and down the coast. Major Sponsor, Fred Meyer, brought over 100 volunteers out to the Seaside cleanup and joined Media Sponsors K103fm and KOIN 6. Over 50 volunteers from The Standard, the event's Supporting Sponsor, joined the Pelican Pub cleanup in Pacific City.

In addition, the non-profit, Washed Ashore, took debris from several check-in sites. Due to their efforts, over 1,000 pounds of debris will be re-purposed and turned into educational art sculptures at their Bandon facility. 

"The combined effort of all these partners has a tremendously positive impact on our beaches and coastal communities," said Maureen Fisher, CEO of SOLVE. "Today, Oregonians from across the state chose to spend their Saturday protecting the health of our wildlife and beaches, and that is truly inspiring."


History of the SOLVE Fall & Spring Oregon Beach Cleanups 


It was 1984, and Judie Hansen was working as the Executive Assistant to the Director of Oregon Fish & Wildlife. One day, she flipped through an issue of Alaska’s Fish & Game magazine which had been delivered by mistake to her office. She landed on an article about the untimely death of a brown bear, an autopsy of which revealed the bear’s stomach held the remains of 13 Styrofoam cups, likely leading the bear to assume a full stomach. Judie had no idea small bits of plastic could harm wildlife, and began asking wildlife managers about plastic rubbish in the environment at an annual Fish & Wildlife conference. The dream of an Oregon Beach Cleanup began to take root.


Many people stepped up to make the beach cleanup possible including Eleanor Dye, who represented the North Coast Refuse Haulers. She organized haulers up and down the coast, who have been donating their services to properly dispose of the trash picked up by volunteers now for 30 years! That is no small service, as in the first year alone 26 tons of trash were picked up by 2,100 volunteers. The Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup was added in 1986 to address debris on the beaches after winter storms. The cleanups have since grown into an Oregonian tradition, with thousands of people working together each year to protect the health of our oceans, wildlife, and coastal economies. 


SOLVE extends its thanks to the Local Haulers

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2015 Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup 
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