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, September 3rd, 8:30AM-10AM
Rose Canyon Operations Yard

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 Labor Day weekend. If you’d like to sign up, contact Moriah Saldaña at msaldana@cleansd.org or 619-704-2782.

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

Registration is now open!

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 90 countries and half a 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!

Oktoberfest Cleanup with Karl Strauss
Saturday September 26th, 9am-12noon
Karl Strauss Tasting Room, 5985 Sante Fe Street
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Event waiver

Celebrate Oktoberfest with I Love A Clean San Diego and Karl Strauss. Volunteers will meet at the tasting room and then head over to participate in a cleanup along the Rose Canyon bike path and neighboring canyon. Volunteers of all ages are invited to participate, and those 21 years of age or older will be able to enjoy a drink at the tasting room after the cleanup!

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 for the cleanup portion of the event, please click here.

Tijuana River Action Month
Saturday, October 3rd 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.

Beautify Chula Vista Day
Saturday October 10th, 8:30AM – 12noon
Rice Canyon at Discovery Park and Otay Recreation Center


Beautify Chula Vista Day is an annual cleanup event organized by I Love A Clean San Diego and the City of Chula Vista, made strong by thousands of enthusiastic volunteers. Since the first Beautify Chula Vista Day, thousands of dedicated residents have painted out 7,750 square feet of graffiti, stenciled 200 storm drains to warn against dumping, planted 117 trees, and removed nearly 40,000 pounds of debris littering neighborhoods in Chula Vista, showing that huge results can come from volunteers that donate just one morning a year toward helping their community. Join I Love A Clean San Diego and the City of Chula Vista for the 13th Annual Beautify Chula Vista Day on Saturday October 10th. Volunteers will pick up trash, remove graffiti and do other projects to make Chula Vista shine. More information about the event can be found at: www.BeautifyChulaVista.org.

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.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD is currently recruiting volunteers to help with a dye tracer study and to help maintain shoreline instrumentation. Volunteers will sign up for 6-12 hr observation shifts as well as help deploy MCIP carts of fluorometers. Beach chairs, sun shade, food, and drinks will be provided. Additionally, lights, sleeping bags, etc. will be provided for overnight shifts. For more information, please review the study overview and volunteer information packet.


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.