SOLVE Beach Cleanup
Each spring and fall, local and visiting volunteers from all walks of life, united by their love of the Oregon Coast, join forces in places like Cannon Beach to rid the beaches of debris that has been deposited by storms or left behind by careless beachgoers. In a monumental effort to keep Oregon’s beaches beautiful, a twice-annual clean-up began over 30 years ago and the tradition has gained momentum in recent years. On average, 6500 volunteers pick up over 50 tons of litter and marine debris through these efforts each year.
For the first time, SOLVE will be combining the Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup and SOLVE IT for Earth Day events! Both spring events are a huge part of SOLVE’s history, with the Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup starting in 1986 and SOLVE IT kicking off in 1990 as part of Earth Day. They are excited to combine the impact of both legacy events into one large statewide event which encompasses not only coastwide beach cleanups, but also litter cleanups and restoration events across Oregon.
The newly named Oregon Spring Cleanup, presented by Portland General Electric, will take place on Saturday, April 17 in honor of Earth Day. They hope that you will continue celebrating the Oregon tradition of volunteering every spring to help take care of the state we love so much! Check out the new event page to find an existing project to join or create your own project in your community.
Volunteers should plan for all kinds of weather and wear clothing appropriate for getting dirty. SOLVE provides supplies including bags, gloves, tools and other items necessary for the project. However, to make the event more sustainable, volunteers are welcome to bring reusable bags, buckets and gloves to use in lieu of the provided items. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles.
For more information, visit www.solveoregon.org.