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:

20th Annual Christmas Extravaganza
December 24, 2014 from 4PM-9PM
Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation – 404 Euclid Ave. 92114
This event is not organized by I Love Clean San Diego.

Looking to give back this holiday season? Our friends at Shaback Inc. are hosting their 20th Annual Christmas Extravaganza on Christmas Eve. They’ll be handing out food, gifts, and more to thousands of San Diegans in need. They’re looking for volunteers to help clean up and make sure the neighborhood is litter-free after the event. Additional service hours are available at an optional training meeting on November 24. If you’re interested in helping out, contact Netreia Carroll at 858-380-4238.


Tsunami Sweepers Cleanup
Torrey Pines State Beach - Map
Saturday January 17, 10am - 12noon


Spend the morning hunting for treasure washed across the ocean from the Fukishima, Japan earthquake and tsunami. Researchers have identified pieces of marine debris making landfall across the West Coast from March 2011. Due to current and tidal flow, Torrey Pines State Beach has been targeted as the most likely beach to receive marine debris from the Pacific Rim. Join ILACSD staff and volunteers at this unique beach cleanup. For more information and to sign up to volunteer, contact Lexi Ambrogi at or 619-704-2778.

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.

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.

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.