On April 17th, beach cleanup activities will vary according to location. In general, the cleanup will be in the morning on the outer coast and various Strait beaches, with some cleanup activities also happening in the afternoon on certain Strait beaches. Please check your beach page for specific timing. To find a tide table for your location look here. Collecting trash on foot and carrying the bags off the beach to designated roadside collection points. Check the weather forecast for the coast and plan your clothing and supplies accordingly. It’s a good idea to have layers that help protect you from water, wind, and cold. For more information about safety, clothing, tools, lodging, and dogs, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Be COVID safe: if you plan on joining us for the WCC, please follow all COVID-safety guidelines set by Washington State. Please wear a mask, stay six feet apart from others, and wash your hands or bring hand sanitizer with you. Our site coordinators will be following all COVID guidelines when checking in volunteers the day of the cleanup. Take care getting to and from home, as well as out on the beach.
Please review the CoastSavers WCC webpage for your respective beach you registered for. By the end of March, we will have updated information on volunteer sign-in times and locations, and camping options. Please check your respective beach page in early April to ensure you are current with guidance. Know where to go for volunteer sign-in and orientation, where you will get site-specific information on disposal, recycling, and more, also empty bags to fill. Typically, there's a volunteer form to sign.
We have a recycling program at some locations. If you are interested in helping us reduce the amount of debris that goes to the landfill ask your registration station coordinator how you can help. We applaud efforts to recycle, reduce and reuse at beach cleanups – a vital part of the solution to marine debris. Recycling of materials from beach cleanups is great, but it’s just as important to ensure that the appropriate materials are going into the recycling materials stream. If the wrong type or condition of material is put into a recycle bin, it may end up “contaminating” a load of recycling and causing a recycling facility to have to discard the entire thing! Don’t be a wishful recycler – know what is accepted locally and try to send only materials that are “Empty, Clean and Dry” (as much as possible). When in doubt, throw it out.
If we are not collecting recycling at your location, you are welcome to take recyclables back home with you. If you take any debris back with you, be sure to bag it up tightly (stinky), keep it away from curious kids and dogs (messy), and don’t take any glass or sharp metal (safety hazard – ouch!).