Statewide beach cleanup now accepting volunteer registrations

Registration is now open to sign up as a volunteer for the 2020 SOLVE Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup. (Photo courtesy of SOLVE)

Kick off spring by participating in a SOLVE beach cleanup on Saturday, March 28. Volunteers can now sign up for one of 45 locations on the coast. Oregonians will mobilize along the entire Oregon coast to remove tens of thousands of pounds of litter and marine debris washed in from winter storms.

Presented by AAA Oregon, the SOLVE Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup welcomes families, schools, business groups, and volunteers of all ages to join together in cleaning Oregon’s beaches.

“We are proud to join Oregonians from across the state at this annual tradition of spring cleaning for our state’s special coastal places,” said Tim Morgan, CEO of AAA Oregon, and a native Oregonian. “Taking care of our state is a huge priority for AAA and our employees.”

Since 1984, over 260,000 volunteers have removed an astounding 3.6 million pounds of debris from Oregon’s beaches. This debris comes in many forms, from the single bottle cap littered on the beach to a thousand-pound commercial fishing net. A recent study published in the journal Science indicates that about eight million metric tons of plastic are entering the ocean globally each year, the equivalent of five bags of trash for every foot of coastline in the world.

“Thousands of pounds of marine debris, both from Oregon and across the Pacific basin, wash ashore on our iconic beaches each year, threatening the health of our wildlife and coastal communities,” said Jon Schmidt, SOLVE Program Coordinator. “While this is a worldwide problem, local citizens have the power to make a difference here on our own beaches.”

New this year is an emphasis on volunteers bringing their own supplies to reduce the amount of disposable supplies used. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own reusable bags or buckets, as well as their own work or garden gloves.

The SOLVE Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup presented by AAA Oregon will take place on Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The majority of the Oregon coast will be cleaned by volunteers from the Columbia River jetty beach to Harris Beach near Brookings and dozens of beaches in-between. To see a list of cleanup sites you can register for in advance, please visit solveoregon.org or call 503-943-2835. Check-in and receive your instructions at one of 45 beach cleanup sites from Fort Stevens State Park near Astoria to Harris Beach in Brookings.

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