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Coastal Cleanup Day

General information

Coastal Cleanup 2020 is the world’s largest cleanup event that will be different this year to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of participating in large groups, your household or social bubble is encouraged to dedicate one or more Saturdays in September to pick up litter in your neighborhood while following social distancing protocols.

COASTAL CLEANUP 2020 DATES:

  • Saturday, September 5th
  • Saturday, September 12th
  • Saturday, September 19th
  • Saturday, September 26th

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

1. Pick a Saturday or dedicate all four to picking up litter in your neighborhood with your household or social bubble.

2. Select a team in the city you live in and RSVP with the virtual site captain below.

3. Prepare your own bags or buckets, litter grabbers or gloves, and sunscreen to pick up litter. Need gloves? Let your site captain know when you RSVP.

4. Prepare to report litter collected by downloading the mobile app called Clean Swell in the Apple Store or in Google Play.

5. Record litter collected by your household or social bubble in the Clean Swell app. 

6. WEEKLY VOLUNTEER CONTEST ALERT: Post an image of your household/social bubble and trash collected on Facebook or Twitter and tag @smchealth to be entered to win a prize. One winner will be selected and contacted through social media messaging to claim their prize weekly on Tuesday, September 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th.

For questions or additional information, sign up for important event updates, email pollutionprevention@smcgov.org, or call (650) 388-2646.

COASTAL CLEANUP 2020 TEAMS

ATHERTON

Team: Atherton Angelfish (please use this name in the “group name” field in the Clean Swell app).

RSVP for this team here.

BELMONT

Team: Belmont Barracudas (please use this name in the “group name” field in the Clean Swell app).

Site Captain: Julie Freitas, City of Belmont

RSVP Email: jfreitas@belmont.gov | Phone: 650-595-7425

BURLINGAME

Team 1: Burlingame Blue Whales (please use this name in the “group name” field in the Clean Swell app).

Site Captain: Jennifer Lee

RSVP Email: jlee@burlingame.org | Phone: 650-558-7381

BRISBANE

Team: Brisbane Barnacles (please use this name in the “group name” field in the Clean Swell app).

Site Captain: Bob Sage

RSVP Email : bobsage@brisbaneca.gov | Phone: 415-508-2121

COLMA

Team: Colma Corals (please use this name in the “group name” field in the Clean Swell app).

RSVP for this team here.

DALY CITY

Team: Daly City Dungeness Crabs (please use this name in the “group name” field in the Clean Swell app).

RSVP for this team here.

EAST PALO ALTO

Team: EPA Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse (please use this name in the “group name” field in the Clean Swell app).

Site Captain: Christina Blebea, Grassroots Ecology

RSVP Email: christina@grassrootsecology.com

EL GRANADA

Team: El Granada Elephant Seals (please use this name in the “group name” field in the Clean Swell app).

RSVP for this team here.

FOSTER CITY

Team: Creatures of the Marina Lagoon (please use this name in the “group name” field in the Clean Swell app).

Site Captain: Rick Sakuda, Marina Lagoon

RSVP Email: rkscpa@gmail.com | Phone: 650-341-0707

HALF MOON BAY

Team 1: Half Moon Bay Seashells (please use this name in the “group name” field in the Clean Swell app).

Site Captain: Shell Cleave

RSVP Email: shell@seahugger.org | Phone: 650-302-9049

Team 2: TLC Locals Tentacles (please use this name in the “group name” field in the Clean Swell app).

Site Captain: Brandy Chenoweth

RSVP Email: aloha@tlclocals.org | Phone: 650-479-4499

Team 3: Half Moon Bay Seahorses (please use this name in the “group name” field in the Clean Swell app).

Site Captain: Celine Gerakin, Pacific Beach Coalition

Email: celine@pacificbeachcoalition.org

RSVP here.

Team 4:  Half Moon Bay Sunfish (please use this name in the “group name” field in the Clean Swell app).

Site Captain: Rose Serdy, Rotary Club

RSVP Email: rose.serdy@compass.com | Phone: 650-759-9219

MENLO PARK

Team: Menlo Park Plankton (please use this name in the “group name” field in the Clean Swell app).

Site Captain: Jeremy Merckling, Grassroots Ecology

RSVP Email: jeremy@grassrootsecology.org | Phone: 650-384-5314

MILLBRAE

Team 1: Millbrae Otters (please use this name in the “group name” field in the Clean Swell app).

Site Captain: Cliff Ly

RSVP Email: cliff_ly3687@yahoo.com | Phone: 650-259-2397

Team 2: Millbrae Monkfish (please use this name in the “group name” field in the Clean Swell app).

Site Captain: Stephen Kraemer

RSVP Email: stephenkraemer62@gmail.com | Phone: 650-457-3932

MONTARA

Team: Montara Manta Rays (please use this name in the “group name” field in the Clean Swell app).

Site Captain: Valerie DuBois, Pacific Beach Coalition

Email: valerie@pacificbeachcoalition.org

RSVP here.

PACIFICA

Team: Pacific Beach Coalition Albatross (please use this name in the “group name” field in the Clean Swell app).

Site Captain: Jim Fithian

Email: Jim@pacificbeachcoalition.org

RSVP here.

PESCADERO

Team: Pescadero Pufferfish (please use this name in the “group name” field in the Clean Swell app).

RSVP for this team here.

REDWOOD CITY

Team: Redwood City Rockfish (please use this name in the “group name” field in the Clean Swell app).

Site Captain: Vicki Sherman, City of Redwood City

RSVP Email: vsherman@redwoodcity.org | Phone: 650-780-7472

SAN BRUNO

Team: San Bruno Belugas (please use this name in the “group name” field in the Clean Swell app).

Site Captain: Julia A.

RSVP Email: sanbrunoccd@gmail.com 

SAN MATEO

Team: San Mateo Sea Lions (please use this name in the “group name” field in the Clean Swell app).

Site Captain: Denise Garcia, City of San Mateo

Email: dgarcia@cityofsanmateo.org | Phone: 650-522-7277

RSVP here

SAN CARLOS

Team: San Carlos Sea Turtles (please use this name in the “group name” field in the Clean Swell app).

RSVP for this team here.

SAN GREGORIO

Team: San Gregorio Starfish (please use this name in the “group name” field in the Clean Swell app).

Site Captain: Neil Panton

RSVP Email: npanton@earthlink.net | Phone: 650-996-4617

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO

Team 1: South San Francisco Clamdiggers (please use this name in the “group name” field in the Clean Swell app).

Site Captain: Aaron Francis

RSVP Email: aafrancis@smcgov.org | Phone: 650-363-1872

Team 2:  South San Francisco Salmon (please use this name in the “group name” field in the Clean Swell app).

Site Captain: Joshua Richardson, South San Francisco

RSVP Email: Joshua.Richardson@ssf.net | Phone: 650-829-3837

UNINCORPORATED SAN MATEO COUNTY (Coast)

Team: Stingrays (please use this name in the “group name” field in the Clean Swell app).

Site Captain: Reid Bogart, Surfrider Foundation

RSVP Email: rbogert@smcgov.org | Phone: 650-863-2126

2019 COASTAL CLEANUP DAY RESULTS

  • 5,245 volunteers participated in the event.
  • 35,111 lbs of trash and recyclables were picked up.
  • 106 miles of San Mateo County was canvased by volunteers looking for litter.
  • For more information on Statewide results, click here.

San Mateo County Environmental Health Services coordinates the event in partnership with the California Coastal Commission and many Statewide and local partners.

Coastal Cleanup Day is California’s largest volunteer event that has been around for over 35 years bringing thousands of people together to help protect our environment. 

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