Looking to join the community and participate in a large scale cleanup event? In April and September, volunteers gather at more than 100 cleanup sites countywide to remove trash and beautify the local community. These cleanups often involve additional service projects based on local needs such as graffiti removal and planting projects. I Love A Clean San Diego has been coordinatingCoastal Cleanup Day in San Diego County for over 30 years and started its signature event, the Creek to Bay Cleanup, in 2003. Together, these two events alone provide nearly 50,000 hours of volunteer service to enhance San Diego’s natural environment.
Looking for a fun team building event for your employees and a way to show your company’s dedication to the environment? I Love A Clean San Diego coordinates team building cleanups for local businesses at local beaches, parks, and trails across the county. We provide comprehensive event planning, coordination, and supplies for a small fee. For more information, and to start coordinating you team building cleanup CLICK HERE to view the Corporate CleanBuilding webpage.
Looking to connect with other volunteers in the area who are passionate about cleanups? I Love A Clean San Diego’s monthly cleanup events take place both on the coast as well as in local creek beds, canyons, open space parks and everywhere in between. In 2015 alone, I Love A Clean San Diego conducted 245 cleanups across San Diego County and successfully removed nearly 500,000 pounds of debris. Volunteers see first-hand how trash makes its way from inland communities all the way to the coast through San Diego County’s vast watershed system. Volunteers of all ages are invited to participate in these cleanups.
Looking for a consistent self led volunteer opportunity? It is up to us all to keep our beaches clean. Beyond cleanups conducted by the city, our community’s spaces are in need of environmental stewards to ensure that they can always be safe and beautiful for us to enjoy. By participating in our Adopt-A-Beach program, organizations can maintain a chosen site. Volunteers can design their cleanup events however and whenever they desire with the support of our community engagement team. By completing only 3 cleanups in the span of 1 year, the responsible group will qualify to have their name displayed on an adoption sign at the location, communicating to San Diegans that conservation efforts is our shared priority.
Looking for a way to keep San Diego Clean that goes beyond cleaning up? I Love A Clean San Diego’s partnership with Think Blue, the City of San Diego’s Storm Water Pollution Prevention Division, works to educate the public about storm drain pollution.
Urban storm-water runoff is the largest contributor to coastal marine pollution. Wind and rain move trash and other pollutants into San Diego’s storm drain system that empties out along San Diego’s coastline. Storm drains, unlike the sewer, are not treated or filtered. By stenciling the drains with the pollution prevention message, people are reminded that motor oil, soap, gum, food wrappers, and cigarette butts, don’t belong in our storm drains or the environment.
A $25 refundable holding deposit, paid by credit card, is required for each kit. Please schedule your pickup at least one week prior to your ideal stenciling day. We will return the deposit when the kit is returned on time with all supplies clean and intact. In the event that kits are damaged or returned late, your deposit will not be returned. Please note – this program is only available within the City of San Diego.
Thanks to support from Keep America Beautiful, I Love A Clean San Diego partners with the Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter to combat the large cigarette butt litter issue facing local beaches, neighborhoods, and outdoor areas. Through this partnership, permanent ashcans are installed throughout San Diego County including Oceanside, Point Loma, North Park and La Mesa. The successful program has decreased cigarette butt litter by 55% on average, proving that adequate infrastructure is key to proper disposal. If you would like to install ashcans near your business or along a pedestrian throughway, contact Kristin Banks by phone at 619.787.4448 oremail.