Gloves — garden gloves are the best, but you can also bring any other types of household gloves
Water — Bring a reusable water bottle that you can refill at our hydration station
Snacks — Pack a snack in a reusable lunch bag or lunchbox. Make it environmentally friendly by minimize the packaging.
Don’t worry if you don’t have any of these supplies! We will provide them for you at the site. Bringing them just helps to create a “greener” cleanup site.
When you arrive at your cleanup site, have a copy of your parking pass on your dashboard. Make sure to tell any parking attendant that you are participating in Coastal Cleanup Day. Download ParkMe, the free Santa Monica-based app, on your smartphone for real-time parking availability on Coastal Cleanup Day.
Check-in opens at 9 a.m., arrive early enough to find parking and reach your site.
After parking, look for the site captain. There should be a tent or a cluster of tables with a Coastal Cleanup Day or Heal the Bay sign/banner.
There will be three stations to check-in:
Station #1: Waivers Have your signed waiver ready to turn in or if you didn’t bring a waiver, please sign one and leave it with the site captain(s).
Station #2: Safety & Education Talk The site captain(s) will give your group a site orientation, review the safety instructions, instruct you on how to clean your site, and why. Each site will have special instructions to follow day of, so pay attention to the instructions given by your cleanup captains!
Station #3: Supplies Here you'll receive a bucket or bag and a glove (unless you brought your own!), data card, and pencil. Volunteers will be working in teams of three to five. Teamwork gets the most work done and makes the cleanup FUN!
Pick up every bit of human-made debris you can find, and record what you remove.
Data Collection — Remember that data collection is important! Your data goes into the Ocean Conservancy’s international database, which is used to identify the sources of trash and to help devise solutions to the marine debris problem.
Be sure to return your trash and your data card to the site captain by 11:30 a.m. after the cleanup to be weighed and counted. Try to condense the bags and tie them closed with your disposable gloves inside the bag.
Check back on this website to find out how much trash was picked up and how many people participated throughout L.A. County and statewide. You'll be amazed by how much is accomplished in just 3 hours of one day!