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Beach Cleanups

Through our beach cleanup program we help our community understand the impacts of our throwaway society and a convenience culture built on single-use plastics. 

Help Us Restore the Shore.

The Surfrider Foundation Los Angeles chapter (SFLA) hosts public beach cleanups each month at various locations throughout LA County. With an estimated 11 million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean each year, the equivalent of one garbage truck load per minute, we acknowledge that we cannot clean ourselves out of the plastic pollution pandemic. That said, our beach cleanups serve to raise awareness and inspire individuals to adopt upstream solutions to stop plastic waste at the source, primarily through everyday consumer choices and legislative advocacy.

Join Us At Our Next Cleanup!

Ready to show your coast some love + help us collect important data to inform legislative change?

Check out our calendar for information on our next cleanup. 

Sponsored Cleanups

SFLA also hosts corporate sponsored cleanups. For a tax-deductible donation, the SFLA team will plan and facilitate a company beach cleanup for you and your coworkers on any beach between Marina Del Rey and Malibu.

  • SFLA manages all aspects of the cleanup from requisite permits and insurance to post-event waste management and all necessary equipment including gloves, bags, trash-grabbers, hand sanitizer, sunscreen and hydration station

  • Sponsor is required to follow SFLA’s plastic-free guidelines for the duration of the cleanup (no single-use plastic packaging, cutlery, bags, bottles, etc.)

  • At least four weeks notice is required and companies are welcome to select the date, time, and location for the event given chapter availability.

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Data Collection

For years Surfrider chapters have collected and analyzed data from thousands of cleanups across the country.

This data is critical in helping us leverage policy decisions that create upstream solutions to plastic pollution.

While it may seem tedious, accounting for each piece of trash collected and reporting it to Surfrider is just as important as removing from the beach. 

There are several ways to make data collection easy:

  • Tally as you go
  • Partner with a friend – while one cleans the other tallies
  • Tally at the end of your cleanup before disposal