Volunteer to Protect the Bay from Trash

San Francisco Bay needs your help. Trash is a serious pollution problem for the Bay, and we’re seeing a big uptick in disposable waste and plastics littering sidewalks and shorelines. Baykeeper is asking supporters to take action by cleaning up in your own neighborhood or nearby parks and shorelines. Help stop trash before it reaches the Bay!

Plus, we have an easy-to-use mobile app where you can tell us how much and what kinds of trash you collect. This sampling data helps Baykeeper advocate for stronger trash protections for the Bay.

Volunteer to Protect the Bay from Trash

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Guidelines for a Safe Trash Cleanup
Where to go for your cleanup

Choose a Bay shoreline, beach, creek, park, storm drain, or city street near you that is open to the public. Note that since these cleanups are self-directed, you will be responsible for disposing of collected trash at your residence.

Below is a map of some of our favorite cleanup locations. Please make sure to check if your chosen location is open to the public before heading to your cleanup site.

Why your support is important

Trash pollutes the Bay and can entangle or poison wildlife. Many more single-use items like plastic bags, takeout containers, and gloves and masks are littering shorelines. It’s important to monitor these increases and take action to stop trash from getting into the Bay.

How to track your trash

Install The Water Reporter app—for iPhone or Android—and follow San Francisco Baykeeper.

If you don't have a smartphone, you can use the desktop version of The Water Reporter.

By following San Francisco Baykeeper you can share before and after cleanup photos and collect critical data to help Baykeeper's advocacy efforts.

What to plan for your cleanup kit

Gloves and hand sanitizer

Grabbers or tongs

Sturdy trash bags

Snacks and plenty of water

Sunscreen and sunglasses and/or a hat

Sturdy close-toed shoes and clothes you don't mind getting dirty

Important safety precautions

Wear gloves and use a grabber or tongs to pick up trash. Don't pick up syringes or other sharp objects, dead animals, or human waste.

Separate hazardous waste like batteries and paint, and take them to a hazardous waste dropoff center

Dispose of or wash your gloves and thoroughly wash/sanitize your hands after the cleanup.

Stay home if you are sick. For detailed instructions on protecting yourself and your family from COVID-19, refer to CDC guidelines.

Share and inspire our community

Show us how you’re protecting the Bay from trash pollution by posting a photo, story, or video on Facebook or Instagram and tag @sfbaykeeper, #beachcleanup #sfbaykeeper.

If you have questions, please email Lea Pfeffer at events@baykeeper.org.

Liability waiver

By participating you understand and agree that neither San Francisco Baykeeper nor associated jurisdictions may be held liable or responsible in any way for any injury, death, or other damages to you or your family, heirs, or assigns that may occur as a result of your participation, or as a result of product liability or the negligence, whether passive or active, of any party in connection with the cleanups.

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