SOLVE Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup

March 26, 2016 | 10 am - 1 pm

Make a Difference for the Oregon Coast


Join thousands of volunteers on March 26 as we clear the entire Oregon coastline of litter and marine debris! Your efforts will help protect people, wildlife and coastal economies, and keep our state beautiful. 


Last year, 5,150 volunteers cleared over 68,000 pounds of debris from the Oregon Coast! See the final report and photos from the event.


Who Can Volunteer?


This is a family friendly event and SOLVE invites Oregonians of all ages to participate. Businesses, church groups, students, families, and individuals have all participated in 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 45 cleanup sites scattered along the coast, from Fort Stevens State Park near Astoria to Harris Beach in Brookings. Pick your favorite beach or head somewhere new by checking out the site map below. Volunteer registration opens on February 1.


If you are planning to register a large volunteer group (20 or more), school, business, club or other organization, please feel free to contact us directly - Kaleen Boyle at, 503-844-9571 x332. We can register your group starting in January, before general online registration opens on February 1. You will be able to fill out waivers in advance and can be directed to the best cleanup site for your group.  


Coastal Cleanup Site Map


Starting on February 1, you can click on a beach cleanup site below to learn more and register.




Come Prepared, State Safe, and Have Fun!


SOLVE provides bags, gloves, and instructions once you check in at your cleanup site on March 26. Be sure to wear raingear and sturdy shoes, and never turn your back on the ocean! Additional tips to maximize cleanup efforts include:



  • Bring a bucket or reusable bad to reduce the amount of plastic bags used
  • Bring an old colander to sift the tide line for harmful, bite-sized bits of plastic
  • Bring a pair of gardening gloves to reduce use of vinyl gloves
  • Bring a reusable water bottle and/or coffee mug
  • Carpool and use public transportation where possible
  • Plan ahead and pack a "trash-free" lunch
  • Send SOLVE your stories of efforts to achieve a personal zero waste landfill to landfill day!
  • Please avid Western Snowy Plover habitat. Stay outside roped areas, and keep your pets leashed
  • Steer clear of sea lions for your safety and your pets. To report stranded mammals, call 1-800-452-7888
  • If you find any hazardous debris, do not touch it! Please report take a photo (if possible) and report it and the location to your Beach Captain on-site
  • If you find any potential tsunami debris, report it to your Beach Captain and call 211 with the details


Small Pieces Make a Big Impact 


Even the smallest bits of trash can be harmful. For example, cigarette butts flow into storm drains, then directly to our streams, rivers, and ocean. The chemicals they retain are released as they flow downstream to the ocean. Just as troubling, cigarette butts, tiny bits of plastic, and other trash are readily eaten by marine life. If we eat seafood, we may also ingest these contaminants. 



Pre-production plastic pellets (nurdles) and fish eggs look very similar to hungry marine life. How many nurdles can you find on March 26?


History of the 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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Joy Irby
Program Coordinator
503-844-9571 x317

Frequently Asked Questions



Are you a Zone/Beach Captain?

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


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


2015 Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup 
Final Report