Community Cleanups

I Love A Clean San Diego is the go-to resource for beach and inland cleanups across San Diego County. We build awareness and invite the community’s enthusiastic support. We’ve created a lot of momentum over these sixty years, bringing the best in all of us together for a lasting impact on our region. We are passion in action

Upcoming Events hosted by I Love A Clean San Diego:

Coastal Cleanup Day Packing Party
Monday, August 17 through Thursday, August 20
10AM—4PM (full day and partial day shifts available)


Calling all volunteers! We need help assembling boxes of supplies for our September countywide event, Coastal Cleanup Day. Volunteers will report to our office in Liberty Station to help us pack up bags, gloves and more for our 90 cleanup sites. Sign up for a full day or just a few hours--volunteer service forms will be available to all participants. Want to help out? Contact Moriah Saldaña at msaldana@cleansd.org or (619) 704-2782 to sign up for a shift... or two! All volunteers will need a signed waiver, as well.

Coastal Cleanup Day
Saturday September 19th, 9AM – 12noon
Countywide event at an estimated 100 cleanup sites

Registration is now open!

Organized locally by I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD), Coastal Cleanup Day is part of the statewide California Coastal Cleanup Day and International Coastal Cleanup, which has included over 90 countries and half a million volunteers since its inception more than 30 years ago. Locally, the event successfully brings together roughly 7,500 volunteers, local businesses, community organizations and government agencies, all working towards the same goal: a cleaner and healthier San Diego. Please visit www.CleanupDay.org for more information!

Tijuana River Action Month
Saturday, October 3rd 9am-12noon
Smuggler’s Canyon on the Tijuana River - map
Event Waiver

Help I Love A Clean San Diego and WiLDCOAST cleanup the Tijuana River Valley! Without your help to clean up the valley, rain will wash all of the litter and pollutants out to our coast. Volunteers will be pulling trash, tires, and more from the riverbed before the debris makes its way out to the Pacific.

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. To register, please click here.

Beautify Chula Vista Day
Saturday October 10th, 8:30AM – 12noon
Two sites in Chula Vista


Beautify Chula Vista Day is an annual cleanup event organized by I Love A Clean San Diego and the City of Chula Vista, made strong by thousands of enthusiastic volunteers. Since the first Beautify Chula Vista Day, thousands of dedicated residents have painted out 7,750 square feet of graffiti, stenciled 200 storm drains to warn against dumping, planted 117 trees, and removed nearly 40,000 pounds of debris littering neighborhoods in Chula Vista, showing that huge results can come from volunteers that donate just one morning a year toward helping their community. Join I Love A Clean San Diego and the City of Chula Vista for the 13th Annual Beautify Chula Vista Day on Saturday October 10th. Volunteers will pick up trash, remove graffiti and do other projects to make Chula Vista shine. More information about the event can be found at: www.BeautifyChulaVista.org.

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.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD is currently recruiting volunteers to help with a dye tracer study and to help maintain shoreline instrumentation. Volunteers will sign up for 6-12 hr observation shifts as well as help deploy MCIP carts of fluorometers. Beach chairs, sun shade, food, and drinks will be provided. Additionally, lights, sleeping bags, etc. will be provided for overnight shifts. For more information, please review the study overview and volunteer information packet.


Looking for ongoing volunteer projects?

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