SOLVE Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup
March 28, 2015 | 10 am - 1 pm
Join thousands of Oregonians on March 28th for the annual SOLVE Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup!
Each year thousands of volunteers head out to the beach to clear the entire Oregon coastline of litter and marine debris. On March 28th, go to your favorite beach or explore somewhere new and celebrate 30 years of SOLVE Spring cleanup events! Your efforts will help protect people, wildlife and coastal economies, and keep our state beautiful.
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 Astoria to Brookings. Pick your favorite beach or site near you by checking out the site map below or our online Calendar of Events.
*Note that Seaside, Cannon Beach, Nehalem Bay State Park, Pelican Pub, Rocakaway Beach, Gleneden Beach, Tillamook Pioneer Museum, Nye Beach & the Chinook Winds Casino already have over 150 volunteers registered. If you would like to go to a cleanup with less people and more to do, feel free to choose a different site!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 (italicized in black) to learn more and register. You can also find more information about each site by going to our Calendar of Events page.
Note that the Chinook Winds Beach Cleanup in Lincoln City is not on the map, but is also a cleanup site.
Come Prepared, Stay Safe, and Have Fun!
SOLVE provides bags, gloves, and instructions once you check in at your cleanup site on March 28th. 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
- Send SOLVE your stories of efforts to achieve a personal zero waste to landfill day!
- Please avoid Western Snowy Plover habitat. Stay outside roped areas, and keep your pets leashed
- Steer clear of sea lions for your safety. To report stranded mammals, call 1-800-452-7888
- If you find any hazardous debris, do not touch it! Please 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 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 28th?
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
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.
Recology Western Oregon (formerly Western Oregon Waste)
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2014 Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup