Plastic and other forms of manufactured solid waste are a real problem for our waterways.  More than just unsightly, marine debris creates problems for fish and wildlife. Through ingestion, strangulation, entrapment and injury, marine debris kills and injures thousands of animals every year.  Due to the long life of these products, litter and debris will continue to harm the environment until someone comes along to clean up the mess. Puget Soundkeeper conducts multiple cleanup events every year, involving hundreds of volunteers from the community.  Focusing on waterways and shorelines, volunteers clean beaches, paddle kayaks to find trash in hard to reach spots, and tow large debris safely to shore with larger boats. 

Are you a community member looking to register for a Soundkeeper event? Check our calendar for upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Do you want Soundkeeper’s help organizing a cleanup in your community? Fill out the form below to get started.

Are you looking for a team-building experience or opportunities for your company to partner with Soundkeeper?

Want to plan ahead?

Mark your calendar for these annual events:

July 5th Seattle Summer Cleanup

The Seattle Summer Cleanup has contributed to our collection of over 185,000 pounds of marine debris throughout Puget Sound’s freshwater tributaries. Each year, volunteers comb Lake Washington, Lake Union, and the Duwamish River to care for our shared waters. Stay tuned for registration!

International Coastal Cleanup

The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is a global annual cleanup project dedicated to cleaning up trash from our waters.  Puget Soundkeeper acts as a regional coordinator helping to organize and support cleanup efforts throughout the Puget Sound area. At each cleanup, every piece of trash is cataloged and added to a “Global Trash Index”. In our region alone, hundreds of volunteers participate and collect thousands of pounds of debris. Read the 2021 Puget Sound Cleanup Trash Report here.

Please keep a lookout for information about ICC 2024, including dates, beach locations, and Beach Captain recruitment.