International Coastal Cleanup Day

September 18, 2021


International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICCD) is one of the world's largest annual preservation and protection events and volunteer efforts for our ocean, waves and beaches. Surfrider Foundation chapters engage and motivate their communities to take action at local beach cleanups. The cumulative result is not only a cleaner and healthier coastline but also a raised consciousness for accessible actions people can integrate into their lives to promote healthy beaches on a daily basis. 

Some of the top five most commonly collected items on ICCD last year were cigarette butts, plastic beverage bottles, food wrappers, plastic bottle caps and plastic straws, respectively. All are forms of plastic debris. The very qualities that make plastic an adaptable and durable product to use, also make it an environmental nightmare. Plastics do not biodegrade. Instead they break down with exposure to weather and the sun’s ultraviolet rays into smaller and smaller pieces. When these pieces infiltrate the environment, especially marine environments, they wreak havoc on wildlife and the ecosystem.

It is a global movement that encompasses 6 million volunteers in 90 countries and across the United States.

Participate in a Solo Beach Cleanup! 


Most of our beach cleanups remain suspended due to restrictions on group events and proximity to others, however, you can still participate in International Coastal Cleanup Month by doing your own Solo Beach Cleanup.

Show us how you're keeping your beaches, parks, and neighborhoods clean by posting a photo on Instagram and tagging @surfrider #SoloBeachCleanup


Beach Cleanup Activist Guide