Over 4 Tons of Waste Picked Up on Coastal Cleanup Day

 In Beach Clean-up, Coastal Cleanup Day, Community Event

Coastal Cleanup Day 2022  was a huge success! Here are the results so far:

  • 1,305 volunteers
  • 32 sites
  • 92 miles covered from Rincon Beach Park to Guadalupe Dunes
  • 8,200 lbs. of waste removed from local beaches, creeks, inland areas, and parks!

Congratulations, everyone! Santa Barbara County is so much cleaner now, thanks to your hard work.

Check out our Gallery of Photos from this year’s event.

Lydia Ballantine, Coastal Cleanup Day Coordinator for Explore Ecology says, “Coastal Cleanup Day 2022 was a huge success! We had the most sites ever this year with 32 cleanup locations, and the most volunteers ever who collected more trash than we have in any other year organizing the cleanup. It’s truly amazing what we can do in a single day to help keep our waterways and oceans clean!”

So far, with 1/3 of the Site Captains reporting their final data for individual items found, the top three types of litter in Santa Barbara County are: plastic pieces, cigarette butts, and foam pieces.

The most unusual items found this year in Santa Barbara County were a million dollar bill, the bottom of a boat, and a Samurai sword sheath.

Jill Cloutier, PR Director for Explore Ecology says, “Volunteers of all ages came together for a common cause- a clean coastline. A lot of debris was picked up and removed from creeks, beaches, parks, and inland areas. Our beaches are not only cleaner, but 6,557 pounds of material will no longer be flowing into the ocean. That is a big win for wildlife!”

Coastal Cleanup Day would not happen without the assistance and dedication of Site Captains who volunteer their time, help attendees at their sites, count all of the litter picked up, and report it to Explore Ecology. They are essential to the event running smoothly, whether they’ve been leading a cleanup for 20 years or if this was their first Coastal Cleanup Day

We appreciate all of the Site Captains for Coastal Cleanup Day 2022: Pyp Pratt, Arushi Lakhan-Pal, Erin Maker, Ed Bell, Cali Brannan, Olivia Bañez, Dylan Otte, Sarah Palladino, Julie DeAngelis, Melissa Erickson, Al Souma, Vanessa Brooks, Barbara Haig, Julie Randall Colbert, Christina Hernandez, Allison Armstrong, Blair Butler, Meghan Leon, Tihani Kuamoo, Ashley Hollister, Katy Powers, Paul Izquierdo, Sophia Lake, Zach Winner, Iwa Lani Martinson, Jan Silk, Andrea Dransfield, Patty Huglin, Margie Bushman, Wes Roe, Janet Koed, Gary Mussell, Robert Byl, Brian Trautwein, Andra Escola, Eli Parker, Erika Tai James, Ashley McKoane, Paco Espiritu, Brandon Kaysen, Meg DeCoite, Marcy Stoeven, John Royce, Mark Wilkinson, Jerry Sorich, and Penny Owens. Thank you all so much!

First time Site Captain Al Souma says, “Coastal Cleanup Day was an opportunity to create what can be and to bring it to fruition. As a Site Captain, I felt as if I was an important community member helping to navigate towards the environment we all desire. My favorite part was observing how many parents brought their children along to create a teachable moment for the next generation!”

Coastal Cleanup Day is part of a much larger international event. With 60% of the cleanup sites reporting, the California count stands at 27,185 volunteers who picked up 220,861 pounds of trash and an additional 29,702 pounds of recyclable materials. The total so far statewide is 250,563 pounds or 125 tons.

Lydia Ballantine says, “Keeping trash out of our oceans isn’t only a once a year event. By 2040, the amount of trash entering our oceans is projected to nearly triple. Throughout the year, you can help out by reducing the amount of plastic you use, choosing reusable, durable options, voting for people who will support our oceans, and advocating for policies that can help reduce plastic pollution at its source. All the data we collected about what people found goes to an international litter database that’s used to track marine debris and support research and legislation to reduce plastic. Thank you, thank you, thank you, and I can’t wait to do it all again next year!”

Volunteers who participated in the Cleanup can visit the Coastal Commission website to fill out the Coastal Cleanup Day Volunteer Survey and be entered in a drawing for prizes.

There is still time to clean up in your neighborhood, local park, or favorite beach. Community members are encouraged to cleanup any time during the month of September and their cleanup data will be included as part of Coastal Cleanup Day. Volunteers can record what they find using the Clean Swell app or the Google form on the Explore Ecology website.

For volunteers who don’t want to wait until next year to participate in a beach cleanup, Explore Ecology holds monthly beach cleanups, on the 2nd Sunday of every month from 10:00 pm to 12:00 pm at Arroyo Burro Beach.

Next year’s Coastal Cleanup Day is scheduled for Saturday, September 16, 2023. Stay tuned for details on Explore Ecology’s website: ExploreEcology.org/Coastal-Cleanup-Day/.

Statewide, Coastal Cleanup Day is presented by the California Coastal Commission. In Santa Barbara County, the event is organized by Explore Ecology and our partner County of Santa Barbara Resource Recovery and Waste Management. Project Clean Water, the Cities of Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Solvang offer support as well as many non-profits, businesses, and generous individuals.  Coastal

There’s still time to contribute to Coastal Cleanup Day! If you clean up anytime during the month of September and submit your data using the Clean Swell app or our Google Drive Form, your totals will count towards Coastal Cleanup Day.

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