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:

Cupid’s Cleanup
Saturday February 13th, 10am-12noon
Benchmark Brewing Company - Map
Event Waiver

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to show your loved ones just how much you care about them. Why not do the same for the environment! Volunteers will meet behind Benchmark Brewing Company and then cleanup surrounding streets and the San Diego River. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to join us for the cleanup and for an after-party, courtesy of our friends at Benchmark Brewing Company. Those over 21 years of age will be able to enjoy a beer!

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 February 27th, 9am-12noon
Hilltop Ranger Station - Map
Event Waiver

We are excited to announce the expansion of our Adopt-A-Beach program into two sites in Escondido: Dixon Lake and Kit Carson Park will be adoptable in 2016! We’re hosting the first of two kick-off cleanup events at Dixon Lake. Join us as we work with Escondido Charitable Foundation and the California Coastal Commission to protect our canyons – and ultimately our beaches – from the harmful effects of litter and pollution! Volunteers will be picking up litter and other debris at Dixon Lake.

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.

River Kids Discovery Days
Saturday March 12, 9am-12noon
Fashion Valley Mall - Map
Event Waiver


On March 12th from 9am-12pm join I Love A Clean San Diego and the San Diego River Park Foundation (SDRPF) for a cleanup of the San Diego River as part of SDRPF’s River Kids Discovery Days event! This kid-friendly volunteer project will involve picking up litter from the river and adjacent areas. Volunteers will meet at Fashion Valley Mall in the dirt lot behind Bloomingdales.

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.

Creek to Bay Cleanup Packing Party
Tuesday, March 22 through Friday, March 25
10AM—4PM (full day and partial day shifts available)

Volunteer waiver

Calling all volunteers! We need help assembling boxes of supplies for our April countywide cleanup event, Creek to Bay. Volunteers will report to our office in Liberty Station to help us pack up bags, gloves and more for our 100 cleanup sites. Sign up for a full day or just a few hours—volunteer service forms will be available to all participants. Want to help out? Contact Moriah Saldana at msaldana@cleansd.org or 619-704-2782 to sign up for a shift… or two!

Creek to Bay
Saturday April 23rd, 9am-12noon
100+ Sites Countywide!

I Love A Clean San Diego invites you to save the date for the 14th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup on Saturday, April 23rd! Join 6,000 volunteers for this countywide cleanup project as we beautify 100 cleanup sites countywide. At last year's event, volunteers removed 180,000 pounds of debris from a record number of cleanup sites countywide. Choose to clean up your neighborhood beach, park, canyon or creek bed! Registration will open on April 1st at www.CreektoBay.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.

3rd Annual Zero Waste Symposium
Tuesday, February 23rd, 9am-5pm
5520 Overland Avenue, 92123
Attend event
Volunteer

Zero Waste SD is hosting the Third Annual Zero Waste Symposium
: Programs and Policies Moving Us Closer to Zero on Tuesday, February 23rd 2016. Event registration starts at 8:00am. The event will be held from 9:00am to 5:00pm in the Campus Center Hearing Room (next to the Campus Center Café) at the County of San Diego, County Operations Center at 5520 Overland Avenue, San Diego, California 92123.

A series of presentations by industry experts will cover a wide and comprehensive array of Zero Waste topics including: Zero Waste principles, source reduction and reuse strategies, policy developments working from the top-down, as well as managing edible and compostable discards. In addition, public and private sector resource managers will share inspirational stories regarding their journey towards their goal of Zero Waste!

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.