Come clean the waterfront as part of a statewide effort to improve our waterways and learn how we can do so on daily basis.
Join City staff, community groups, and volunteers from around Berkeley to help clean up trash and plastic pollution at local beaches, bays, and waterways during Coastal Cleanup Day.
Cleanup activities will take place from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, along various areas of the Berkeley Waterfront and Aquatic Park.
You can pre-register online as an individual or group, and register in person on the day of the event. All participants must fill out a waiver; youth under 18 must have a waiver completed by their legal guardian.
Come early to get briefed, bring your own supplies, collect data
If you're interested, register online or at the event. Meet at:
You'll receive a safety talk and supplies. Parking is limited, so explore taking a bike, carpool, or public transportation (AC Transit, bus 51B).
Return to the Shorebird Park staging area by 12:00 pm when the “most unusual item” contest will take place.
To reduce plastic waste, if you are able, please bring your own supplies:
- a bucket or reusable bag
- a lightweight pair of gardening gloves
- a filled, reusable water bottle
Otherwise, buckets, bags, and gloves will be available for volunteers.
Volunteers will collect trash and log it with the Clean Swell App or data cards. This will help compile data for one of the largest research efforts in the world.
One-day action, daily habits help clean the coast
As you help collect trash, we all better understand coastal pollution.
Over the past three decades, over 1.5 million volunteers have removed over 25 million pounds of trash. In 2019, more than 74,000 volunteers picked up more than 900,000 pounds of trash from California beaches and waterways.
Each of us can make a difference every day. Packaging alone leads to waste. The top 10 trash items at cleanups are "single-use" items, like cigarettes, food wrappers and beverage bottles. To reduce flooding and keep waste out of our waterways, you can also adopt your neighborhood storm drain to clear it of debris before and after a storm.
This event is organized by the City of Berkeley's Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront Department, which offers dozens of camps, classes, and other activities for all ages through our Recreation portal.
Register yourself, spread the word to others, and help make this our most successful Coastal Cleanup Day yet!