Tsunami Debris Response

Our Beaches Need You!

In response to what is becoming an unprecedented amount of marine debris in Oregon, SOLVE has taken a leading role with partners Surfrider Foundation, Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, Oregon Sea Grant and Washed Ashore, in forming a plan for a coordinated response. Our group, collectively operating as the Oregon Marine Debris Team, is working in an effort to engage volunteers in cooperation with local, state and federal agencies in marine debris removal projects.

A network of 16 drop-off sites on the Oregon coast are ready to receive beach debris washing ashore from the tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011. The drop-off sites are free and are located in every county. Visitors and residents can call 211 (or 1-800-SAFENET) to report tsunami debris they see on the beach. The drop-off sites will accept debris in official beach cleanup bags produced by SOLVE. Beach cleanup bags are available at state park campgrounds.

There will also be an increased number of beach cleanups scheduled on the Oregon Coast. Join the Marine Debris Team volunteer list if you are interested in helping with this effort.

Partnership with Japan-related Organizations

SOLVE  is partnering with dozens of Japan-related organizations throughout Oregon and southwest Washington through the coordination of the Japan-America Society of Oregon (JASO). The organizations are providing cultural and language interpretive services at SOLVE Beach Cleanups and for suspected tsunami debris items found year-round.

Read more about the partnership in our joint press release.


  • Pickup trash along the beach the next time you visit the beach. Bags are available at every state park and transfer station along the Oregon coast. Full bags can be left at beach debris drop-off points.
  • Organize a beach cleanup with SOLVE through our Project Oregon program. 
  • Volunteer for ongoing beach cleanup efforts through the Oregon Marine Debris Team newsletter.

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Special thank you to our sponsors who have generously donated towards our marine debris efforts, increasing our capacity to respond to incoming tsunami debris.