Community Cleanups

I Love A Clean San Diego is the go-to resource for beach and inland cleanups across San Diego County. Our volunteers pick up an average of 1 million pounds of trash and debris every two years! These cleanups are a great way to take action in your community, as well as get community service hours while helping your local environment.

Upcoming Events hosted by I Love A Clean San Diego:

Clean Beach Coalition
Wednesday May 20th, 8am – 11am
3920 Morena Blvd. 92109

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 holiday season. If you’d like to sign up, contact Lexi Ambrogi at lambrogi@cleansd.org or 619-704-2778. Volunteers must be 18+ year old.

Memorial Day Weekend Cleanup
Tuesday May 26th, 10am – 12noon
Tamarack State Beach
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Event waiver

Please save the date for this post-holiday beach cleanup! During the summer holiday weekends, thousands of people flock to beaches to spend time outdoors with family and friends. Unfortunately, alongside the influx of beach-goers, there is a significant increase in litter as well. Marine debris poses serious health issues for local marine animals as well as beach-goers. Come lend a hand to ensure a clean and safe Tamarack State Beach for all to enjoy!

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.

Clean Canyons for a Clean Coast

Saturday May 30th, 9am – 12noon
Chollas Creek Open Space
Chollas Parkway & 54th, 92105 - map
Event Waiver

Did you know that 80% of marine debris starts at inland sources? That is why I Love A Clean San Diego works to protect and enhance inland as well as coastal communities through a variety of programs, one being our Clean Canyons for a Clean Coast. ILACSD is looking for volunteers to help remove litter as well as invasive plants.

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 6th, 9am-12noon
Tijuana River Valley
Event Waiver

Help I Love A Clean San Diego and WiLDCOAST cleanup the Tijuana River Valley! Without your help to clean up the valley, rain will wash all of the litter and pollutants out to our coast. Volunteers will be pulling trash, tires, and more from the riverbed before the debris makes its way out to the Pacific.

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.

Zero Waste Cleanup
Saturday June 20th, 9am-11am
Cannon Park
Corner of Carlsbad Blvd. and Cannon Rd., 92008
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Event Waiver

Come lend a hand at I Love A Clean San Diego’s Zero Waste Cleanup! Volunteers will meet at Cannon Park on Saturday, June 20th from 9am-11am to pick up litter using reusable cleanup supplies. Instead of using plastic bags and gloves to pick up litter, we are encouraging all volunteers to bring reusable cleanup supplies—buckets, gloves and water bottles—though we’ll have extras on hand, too. Reduce your environmental footprint while volunteering for your community!

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.

Coastal Cleanup Day
Saturday September 19th, 9AM – 12noon
Countywide event at an estimated 100 cleanup sites

Organized locally by I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD), Coastal Cleanup Day is part of the statewide California Coastal Cleanup Day and International Coastal Cleanup, which has included over 150 countries and 9 million volunteers since its inception more than 30 years ago. Locally, the event successfully brings together roughly 7,500 volunteers, local businesses, community organizations and government agencies, all working towards the same goal: a cleaner and healthier San Diego. Please visit www.CleanupDay.org for more information!

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.

More events coming soon!


Looking for ongoing 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.