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International Coastal Cleanup

September 18, 2021

Saturday, September 18th is International Coastal Cleanup Day! People around the world will head out to remove accumulated trash from their local shorelines and beaches. Together, we will document the types of debris entering our waterways in an effort to inform practical solutions to the global problem of marine trash.

Due to the surge in Covid-19 cases driven by the Delta variant, we have changed our volunteer protocols and waiver. Puget Soundkeeper will now be implementing a vaccination requirement for any volunteers signing up through Puget Soundkeeper, and asks that all clean-up attendees wear masks when social distancing isn’t feasible. Additionally, volunteer group sizes will also be smaller. If anyone is experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms or has been exposed we ask you do not sign up for these events.

Participating Puget Sound locations are listed below. Please note, these sites are the only public sites available! Other cleanups will be happening at different locations on this day but these Beach Captains will be bringing their small private groups. We are in the works of adding a few more sites! All events start at different times and some may include different time frames to sign up for.

Thursday, 09/16

Saturday, 09/18

  • Gasworks Park (9am-11am)– Beach Captain: Zero Waste Seattle – FULL
  • Carkeek Park (10am-12pm) – Beach Captain: Puget Soundkeeper – FULL
  • Madrona Park (10am-1pm) – Beach Captain: Shannon -FULL

Surfrider Seattle will also be hosting a cleanup at Golden Gardens from 11am-3pm on 09/18. More information can be found here: https://fb.me/e/1fsOAiKHq 

If you would like to join a cleanup on the outer coast, visit the CoastSavers website to find out more!


Puget Soundkeeper also celebrates International Coastal Cleanup during the months of September and October. If you are unable to register and still want to participate please reach out to Gillian at Gillian@pugetsoundkeeper.org to find how you can organize a small group cleanup.

Trash data will be collected at each event. Prepare for the big day by downloading the CleanSwell app . Hard copies of data cards will also be provided but these year we are encouraging folks to use the provided app.

Read the 2020 Puget Sound Cleanup Trash Report here.


September 18, 2021