SOLVE Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup

Presented by AAA Oregon | April 1, 2017 | 10 am - 1 pm

Volunteer Registration Opens February 6th!

Join SOLVE and thousands of volunteers on Saturday, April 1st as we clean up litter and marine debris from the entire Oregon Coast! Since 1986, this home-grown tradition of twice-yearly beach cleanups has benefited people and wildlife alike, supporting clean seas and healthy communities for present and future generations.

Last year, nearly 5,000 volunteers cleared over 90,000 pounds of debris from the Oregon Coast! See the final report and photos from the event.

Seeking a Volunteer Coordinator for Zone 6!

Are you interested in playing a bigger role in the Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup? SOLVE is currently seeking a new volunteer Zone 6 Captain, who, with SOLVE support, will coordinate four established check-in sites in the Lincoln City area during the event. See a full position description and contact information here.

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 group leader, 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 site near you by checking out the Site Map or our online Calendar of Events. You can register through the website starting on February 6th.

If you are planning to register a large volunteer group (15 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 before general online registration opens on February 6th. You will be able to fill out waivers in advance and can be directed to the best cleanup site for your group.  

Come Prepared, Stay Safe, and Have Fun!

SOLVE provides bags, gloves, and instructions once you check in at your cleanup site on April 1. 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/reusable bag to reduce the amount of plastic bags used

  • Bring an old colander to sift the sand for harmful, bite-sized pieces

  • 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

  • Please avoid 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 mark the spot with sticks/rocks, take a photo (if possible) and report it to your Beach Captain on-site

  • If you find any potential tsunami debris, please report it to your Beach Captain on-site

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 April 1st?

SOLVE extends its thanks to the Local Coast Haulers!

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Joy Hawkins
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.


2016 Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup 
Final Report

Spring Beach Clean Up Sponsors

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