SOLVE Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup

Presented by AAA Oregon | March 26, 2016 | 10 am - 1 pm

Volunteer registration now open!

Check out the Coastal Site Map to register.


Join SOLVE and thousands of volunteers on March 26 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, 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 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 below or our online Calendar of Events.


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. 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


Click on a beach cleanup site below to learn more and register, or visit our Calendar of Events page.


Coastal Site MapCoastal Site MapColumbia River BeachPeter Iredale BeachSunset Beach ApproachDel Rey Beach ApproachGearhart Beach ApproachSeaside Turn AroundCannon Beach City HallLaneda & Ocean Ave.Nehalem Bay State ParkRockaway Lion's ClubTillamook Pioneer MuseumNetarts Bay Boat RampSand LakePelican PubWi-Ne-Ma WaysideNeskowin Trading CompanyRoad's End Beach WaysideChinook Winds Casino Resort'D' River WaysideS.W. 51stGleneden Beach WaysideDevil's Punch Bowl - Otter RockBeverly Beach State ParkAgate Beach WaysideNye Beach Turnaround, NewportYaquina Bay State ParkSouth Beach State ParkLost Creek State ParkAlsea Bay Interpretive Center, WaldportYachatsCarl Washburne Picnic AreaHeceta BeachNorth JettySouth JettySiltcoos OutletOregon Dunes National Recreation Area Office, ReedsportUmpqua DunesBastendorff Beach Park'The Barn' Bandon City ParkBattle Rock WaysideOphir State Recreation SiteGold Beach Visitor CenterBrookings Welcome Center


Come Prepared, Stay 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 bag 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
  • 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 March 26?

SOLVE extends its thanks to the Local Haulers

Many of the following businesses have been helping with this event since its inception. Without their support and donation of services this event would not be possible. 

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Registration Questions?

Kaleen Boyle
Outreach Coordinator
503-844-9571 x332

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

Spring Beach Clean Up Sponsors

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Coordinating Sponsors

Major Sponsors

Media Sponsors