Community Cleanups

I Love A Clean San Diego is the go-to resource for beach and inland cleanups across San Diego County. We build awareness and invite the community’s enthusiastic support. We’ve created a lot of momentum over these sixty years, bringing the best in all of us together for a lasting impact on our region. We are passion in action.

Upcoming Events hosted by I Love A Clean San Diego:

Clean Beach Coalition Bin Assembly
Thursday May 26th, 2016, 8:30AM-10AM
Rose Canyon Operations Yard
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I Love A Clean San Diego is looking for volunteers to help assemble temporary trash and recycling bins to be placed on beaches during the busy Memorial Day weekend. If you’d like to sign up, contact Lauren Short at lshort@cleansd.org or 619-704-2772

Clean Canyons for a Clean Coast
Saturday, June 11th, 9am – 12noon
3333 Bear Valley Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92025
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Register here!
Event waiver

Come join us at our second cleanup showcasing our newly added Adopt-A-Beach program sites in Escondido: Dixon Lake and Kit Carson Park! Our first cleanup site at Dixon Lake was a huge success, empowering over 400 volunteers collecting 348lbs of trash in just three hours! Kit Carson Park will be the second cleanup location site within Escondido to remove litter and trash to prevent polluting our waterways. Join us, the Escondido Charitable Foundation, and the California Coastal Commission to protect our precious canyons and ocean! Volunteers will be removing litter and debris at Kit Carson Park that would otherwise travel downstream to San Diego's coastline.

As with all of our volunteer events, we encourage you to bring your own reusable cleanup supplies—buckets, gloves and water bottles—though we’ll have extras on hand, too. Each volunteer will need to have a signed waiver form, and volunteers under the age of 18 will need an additional parent/guardian signature.

Tsunami Sweepers Cleanup
Saturday, June 18th, 10am – 12noon
12600 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037
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Register here!
Event waiver

Since 2013, I Love A Clean San Diego has been a first responder in collecting debris that washes up on our shores from the 2011 Japanese tsunami. It’s been five years since the tsunami hit the coast of Japan, yet the debris is still being carried by the Pacific currents and washing up on our beaches. Come out to Torrey Pines State beach with us to clean up and help to mitigate the harmful effects of this debris on our coastal environments by picking up litter and trash along the coast!

As with all of our volunteer events, we encourage you to bring your own reusable cleanup supplies—buckets, gloves and water bottles—though we’ll have extras on hand, too. Each volunteer will need to have a signed waiver form, and volunteers under the age of 18 will need an additional parent/guardian signature. To register, please click here.

Tijuana River Valley Cleanup
Saturday, June 25th, 9am-noon
Tijuana River Valley - exact location TBD

Register here!
Event waiver

Join ILACSD and WiLDCOAST for a truly rewarding cleanup in the Tijuana River Valley. With support from WiLDCOAST, we hosted two cleanups in June and October of last year. Combined, these two cleanups had just 144 highly-motivated volunteers who collected over 8,600 pounds of trash. This cleanup is perfect for those who enjoy seeing all their hard day’s work in the dumpster instead of in the river valley. If you are interested in removing trash from the area, come join us June 25th from 9am-12pm.

As with all of our volunteer events, we encourage you to bring your own reusable cleanup supplies—buckets, gloves and water bottles—though we’ll have extras on hand, too. Each volunteer will need to have a signed waiver form, and volunteers under the age of 18 will need an additional parent/guardian signature.

Rubio’s CoastFest 2016
Saturday, July 16th, 10am-11am
1 Oceanside Pier, Oceanside, CA 92054 - map
Register here!
Event waiver

Save the date for Rubio’s CoastFest! Kicking off at 10am, volunteers will join Rubio’s and I Love A Clean San Diego for a beach cleanup, wrapping up at 11am. Following the cleanup from 11am-2pm, volunteers can join in on CoastFest’s celebration of the ocean with live music, complimentary food and drinks, and dozens of activities for all ages. More details to come!

As with all of our volunteer events, we encourage you to bring your own reusable cleanup supplies—buckets, gloves and water bottles—though we’ll have extras on hand, too. Each volunteer will need to have a signed waiver form, and volunteers under the age of 18 will need an additional parent/guardian signature.

Coastal Cleanup Day
Saturday, September 17th 9am-Noon
100+ Sites Countywide!
Registration opens August 1st


I Love A Clean San Diego invites you to save the date for the 32nd Annual Coastal Cleanup Day on September 17th! Join 8,000 volunteers for this countywide cleanup project as we beautify 100+ cleanup sites countywide. At last year's event, volunteers removed 190,000 pounds of debris and participated in beautification projects like invasive plant removal, trail building, painting, and planting. Registration will open on August 1 at CleanupDay.org. If you are interested in leading a site for Coastal Cleanup Day, please contact msaldana@cleansd.org.

When you register, consider taking the Bring Your Own (B.Y.O.) pledge, and make a commitment to bring at least one reusable cleanup item with you. Whether it’s a plastic bucket to hold trash, work gloves or a reusable water bottle, you’ll be able to help cut down on the amount of waste generated by such a large event. Each volunteer will need to have a signed waiver form (coming soon), and volunteers under the age of 18 will need an additional parent/guardian signature.


Upcoming Events hosted by ILACSD partners:

Looking for additonal volunteer hours? Below are courtesy postings for events not coordinated by I Love A Clean San Diego. If you'd like to volunteer for these, please contact the person listed in the descriptions below, not ILACSD.

Cycle Southcrest
Saturday, June 4th 9am-1pm
Event Flyer
Register to volunteer

Groundwork’s annual Cycle Southcrest is a free community event which encourages health and fitness for Southcrest and Southeast San Diego residents. The event engages more than 500 students and families in fun family-oriented activities, including a raffle of 50 bikes, 2 mile bike ride along Chollas Creek, a free healthy lunch and more.

To make this possible, Groundwork San Diego relies on the help of community members like you to staff the event, from serving food and setting up the exhibits, to monitoring the route and working with neighbors. While the event runs from 9 AM to 1 PM, volunteers are needed at different shifts throughout the day.

To register as a volunteer for the event, please complete the form on their website. Thank you!


Looking for independent volunteer projects?

If you would like to get started volunteering right away, check out volunteer programs like Adopt-A-Beach at www.AdoptSD.org, or check out our Storm Drain Stenciling program.