Community Cleanups

I Love A Clean San Diego is the go-to resource for beach and inland cleanups across San Diego County. Our volunteers pick up an average of 1 million pounds of trash and debris every two years! These cleanups are a great way to take action in your community, as well as get community service hours while helping your local environment.

Upcoming Events hosted by I Love A Clean San Diego:

Cupid's Cleanup
Sunday February 15, 9am – 11am or 10am – 12pm
AleSmith Brewing Company
9366 Cabot Dr., San Diego 92126 - map
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Looking for love this Valentine’s Day? Whether you’re single, taken or otherwise, come on out to Cupid’s Cleanup! This year, ILACSD and AleSmith Brewing Company are teaming up to help show some love for our local environment. We’ll have two shifts for volunteers—9 to 11 or 10 to 12—and at the end of your shift, join us for a fun mixer at AleSmith. Volunteers 21+ will be able to enjoy 2 complimentary tasters of AleSmith’s craft beer while supplies last.

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. Want to get involved? Contact Lexi at or 619-704-2778; please indicate which shift you’d like to attend.

Zero Waste Symposium
Tuesday February 17th, 9am - 4:30pm
County Operations Center, 5520 Overland Drive, San Diego, CA 92123 (in the Campus Center Chambers)

The Countywide Integrated Waste Management Citizens and Technical Advisory Committees, San Diego Chapter of the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA), and Zero Waste San Diego are hosting the 2nd Annual Zero Waste Symposium: Steps Towards a Sustainable Future. A networking mixer will take place following the symposium at a location to be announced at a later date. Presentation topics will include Zero Waste principles, extended producer responsibility, source reduction, recycling, reuse and repair methods, organic discards management including food donation, diversion for animal feed, and composting. A multitude of case studies of successful programs in San Diego County will be presented by local speakers, as well as discussions on policy and compliance with the State of California’s newest recycling legislation. Speakers and sponsors soon to be announced. Registration is $50 in advance for the general public, $40 for CRRA members and governmental employees, $20 for students and non-profit representatives, and $15 for students who donate an article of clothing to Goodwill at the door. Advanced registration is encouraged, as all rates will increase $10 beginning the day before the event. A Zero Waste lunch will be served and is included in the price of admission. For more information or to register, visit

Kids' Ocean Day 2015
Thursday February 26th from 8am - 12noon
Borderfield State Park and Playas de Tijuana

I Love A Clean San Diego is looking for roughly 100 volunteers in the US and another 10-15 volunteers in Playas de Tijuana to help coordinate a binational Kids' Ocean Day, the first of its kind in the events 20+ year history. Adult volunteers serve to help supervise hundreds of students who conduct a beach cleanup, then participate in a massive aerial art image which is photographed from the sky. Volunteers for this event must be 18 years of age or older. This event is perfect for corporate volunteer teams who want to come out and make a difference in the lives of many elementary school kids who have never even been to the beach. Plus, you'll get a commemorative aerial art photo to help remind you of the experience. Wondering what these aerial art images look like? Check out this photo from last year. If you'd like to volunteer, please contact Lexi Ambrogi at or call 619-704-2778.

River Kids Discovery Days
Saturday March 14, 9am - 12noon

Navajo Canyon
5795 Waring Rd., San Diego 92120

Join I Love A Clean San Diego and the San Diego River Park Foundation (SDRPF) for a cleanup of Navajo Canyon as part of SDRPF’s River Kids Discovery Days event! This kid-friendly volunteer project will involve picking up litter from the canyon and adjacent neighborhoods. Volunteers will also have the option to stencil a pollution prevention message above local storm drains to remind people that anything that washes into the storm drain will end up draining to our beaches.

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. Want to get involved? Contact Lexi at or 619-704-2778.

Creek to Bay Cleanup
Saturday April 25th, 9am - 12noon
Roughly 100 cleanup sites countywide

Join I Love A Clean San Diego for its first countywide cleanup of 2015...the Creek to Bay Cleanup. This year, ILACSD anticipates hosting 100 different cleanup sites around San Diego County, and we need your help! We are currently looking for volunteers and companies who'd like to volunteer to lead a cleanup site. Also, if you have a dirty site in mind that could use a little volunteer elbow grease, let us know and we'd be happy to add it to the list. Contact Natalie Roberts at to volunteer as a site captain or to suggest a site.

This event offers a wealth of opportunities for corporate partnership, and we are always looking for environmentally-minded businesses to come on board as sponsors. You can learn more about sponsorship on our Creek to Bay website.

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.

Santa Maria Creek Cleanup
Meet at 1710 Montecito Rd. 92065
Saturday, January 10 from 8AM-3PM (rain date Saturday, January 17)

The Ramona Trails Association needs volunteers for a creek cleanup! To sign up to attend, call Kim Lasley at 619-977-7145.


People for a Clean UC: University City Cleanup
Meet at Starbucks, 3202 Governor Dr. 92122
Sunday, January 11 from 730AM-9AM
People for a Clean UC meets every second Sunday to do a street-sweep cleanup of University City. If you can help out, contact


Chollas Creek Cleanup
Meet at Chollas Parkway and Boyce, San Diego, 92105
Saturday, January 24, 9AM - 12PM
Join San Diego Canyonlands, San Diego Park and Recreation, and Friends of Chollas Creek for a zero waste cleanup event! Bring your bucket, gloves and reusable water bottle to this event. Contact Vicki Church at to get involved.

Volunteers Needed for the San Diego Bay Marine Debris Study - Ongoing

The goal of the study is to better understand how much debris is present in the Bay, identify links between the trash found in rivers and streams, and to determine what ends up on the beaches.

We need volunteers that can commit their time for a few days over the next two to three months to collect detailed scientific information for the assessment of debris in intertidal habitats.

Small groups of 3-4 people will collect and identify debris along beaches, marshes, mudflats, and rivers along San Diego Bay between January - March. Volunteers may signup for weekend or week day times that they are available. We are looking for reliable people with leadership experience, attention to detail, and enthusiasm for creating a clean environment in our bay areas.

If you are interested in participating in this study please send an email to (or telephone at 858-514-7753) with your weekday and weekend availability and contact information.

Looking for ongoing volunteer projects?

If you would like to get started volunteering right away, check out volunteer programs like Adopt-A-Beach at, or check out our Storm Drain Stenciling program.