Coastal Cleanup Day
third Saturday in September
A yearly event for the community to work together to keep Mendocino County creeks, rivers, beaches and ocean trash-free and safe for people and wildlife.
Details about 2022 cleanup sites in Mendocino County will be posted in summer 2022. If you would like to host a site or have questions about how you can get involved please email email@example.com. Please mark the day on your calendar and plan to join us and lend a hand to “protect your happy place.”
General Coastal Cleanup Day info from the California Coastal Commission can be found here: coastalcleanupday.org
MLT’s Role in coastal cleanup day
Mendocino Land Trust has served as the County coordinator for the annual state-wide Coastal Cleanup Day since 2002. Each year, more and more people come together to join in this effort. We now have 17 years of data about our cleanup efforts. During this time, 5,000 volunteers have removed almost 60,000 pounds of trash and 9,000 pounds of recyclables! The Mendocino Land Trust is proud to coordinate sites for Mendocino County and grateful to our partnering organizations and individuals who host cleanup sites year after year.
2021 coastal cleanup day summary
In 2021, there were 35 coastal cleanup sites in Mendocino County. Even though it was pouring rain the day of the event, 287 volunteers removed 3,667 POUNDS of trash/recyclables from Mendocino County beaches, creeks and rivers! If you are interested in participating on the third Saturday in September this year, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always looking for new site captains, especially those interested in organizing a cleanup site along a river or creek. The Mendocino Land Trust would like to extend big thanks to MendoRecycle for providing a grant to help cover staff time spent coordinating this event and Waste Management‘s Fort Bragg office for facilitating dumpster donation!
Please enjoy these photos from 2021:
2021 sites and partnering organizations:
- Seaside Beach Cleanup 9 am – 12 pm hosted by Mendocino Land Trust
- Ten Mile Dunes Cleanup 9 am – 12 pm hosted by Mendocino Coast Audobon
- MacKerricher Beach at Ward Avenue 9 am – 12 pm hosted by Surfriders
- Virgin Creek Beach 9 am – 11 am hosted by North Coast Brewing Company (meet at the brewery at 8:30 am to bike or carpool to the beach!)
- Glass Beach Cleanup 9am – 12 pm hosted by City of Fort Bragg
- Noyo Headlands Park 9:00 am – 12 pm hosted by Latino Outdoors North Coast Chapter. Please email Esme at email@example.com and let her know if you plan to come.
- Noyo River Boating Cleanup 9 am – 12 pm hosted by Liquid Fusion Kayaking (We launch from the ramp at Dolphin Isle Marina at 9am. Please call ahead if you would like to rent a kayak)
- Hare Creek Beach 9 am – 12 pm hosted by Mendocino Land Trust (RSVPs appreciated by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org – we will meet in the college parking lot)
- Caspar Beach 9 am – 12 pm hosted by Coastal Mendocino Association of Realtors
- Big River Beach 10 am – 12 pm hosted by MendoParks
- Navarro Beach 9 am – 12 pm hosted by the Noyo Center. (Please RSVP by emailing email@example.com)
- Point Arena Cove 9 am – 12 pm hosted by City of Point Arena
- Cook’s Beach 9 am – 11 am hosted by Redwood Coast Land Conservancy. Please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Russian River cleanups in the Ukiah Valley 9 am – 1 pm – multiple sites organized by the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District. (Please register here!)
Busy on Saturday? One group has opted to do their cleanup on Monday… join them then if you would like.
- Van Damme Beach 10 am – 11:30 am on Monday September 20 hosted by Little River Environmental Action Group
Additionally, big THANKS to school groups planning their own cleanup events in celebration of Coastal Cleanup Day! (Participation in these events is limited to those invited by the organizing school group)
- Fort Bragg Middle School cleans up Pudding Creek Beach
- Teacher Erin Brazill and TLC students from FBUSD clean up Westport Beaches
- Pacific Community Charter School take on Moat Creek Beach, the Stornetta Lands and more
Find out more at coastalcleanupday.org and watch for all the details in our September newsletter!