Beach Cleanups

A collaboration in support of Surfrider’s national beach cleanup and plastic pollution programs.

In 2018

Pounds of Trash Removed


Beach Cleanups

Beach cleanups can reduce litter, protect our ocean and raise awareness about litter and plastic pollution.

The Surfrider Foundation's volunteer network conducts beach cleanups throughout the West, East, Gulf, Hawaiian and Puerto Rican Coasts. Our National Beach Cleanup program provides a fun and easy way to volunteer and engage with our mission to protect our ocean, waves and beaches. Volunteers of all ages, community groups, tourists, clubs, local and corporate businesses and elected officials around the country contribute to the success of this program and are essential to keep our beaches and coastline clean. 

In the spring of 2018, Better Beach Alliance was founded in collaboration with REEF to expand three key areas of impact, including number of beach cleanups, trash removal and volunteers and increase Surfrider's plastic pollution efforts as they relate to data collected at beach cleanups. Through the Better Beach Alliance, REEF, Clif Bar and Surfrider hope to bring together industry and communities to play a critical role in enacting meaningful change to our planet. 

This year we have set the intention to increase the impact of our program through our 2018 goals below.

2018 Program Goals

  • Conduct 1,500 beach cleanups
  • Remove 150,000 pounds of trash
  • Engage 30,000 volunteers
  • 100% participation from our chapter network to utilize our new data tracking tool

Get involved and you will:

Protect our coastlines, waves and beaches
Support policy changes that lead to coastal victories
Promote a healthy lifestyle and consumer choices
Raise awareness about the pollution impacting our beaches

Since 2017

Pounds of Trash Removed


Beach Cleanups To Date

Find a beach cleanup:

Find your local chapter and explore their beach cleanup schedule for upcoming volunteer opportunities. Cleanup schedules can often also be found on a chapter's Facebook events page.