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Surfrider Volunteers Clear Over 1000 lbs of Trash in September

Oregon, you were busy last month!  During the month of September, the Newport and Coos Bay Chapters hosted 7 cleanups, removing over 1,000 lbs of trash that would have otherwise ended up in the ocean!

The Coos Bay Chapter showed a lot of love to Bastendorff Beach, celebrating International Coastal Cleanup Day with SOLVE where 18 volunteers collected 45 lbs of trash.  Then, the next weekend, they were back at it, collecting 25 lbs of trash, including cigarette butts, styrofoam, single-use plastic trash, and microplastics.

The Newport Chapter hosted 4 cleanup locations on ICCD in partnership with SOLVE.  Thank you to Beach Captains Bill, Cathey, Scott, Jacque, John, and Susan for helping set up 135 volunteers with cleanup supplies! 365 lbs of trash was removed from Nye Beach, Agate Beach, Yaquina Bay State Park, and Otter Rock!

In a huge feat, during the Newport Chapter’s annual Highway 101 cleanup near Moolack Beach, a dedicated team of 7 volunteers collected a staggering 675 lbs of trash!  These highway cleanups regularly mitigate far more trash than almost all of their beach cleanups.

To stay up to date with cleanups in Lincoln County, email to be added to the Beach Cleanup Mailing List.

A HUGE thank you to our partners Thompson's Sanitary Service and North Lincoln Sanitary Service for donating their waste hauling services for these cleanups in Lincoln County!

LGBTQ cleanup

Plus an Honorable Mention for a cleanup-filled first weekend of October!  The Newport Chapter partnered with the Olalla Center for a “Take Pride in our Beaches” LGBTQ+ cleanup at Nye Beach with 40 lbs of trash collected, and the Portland Chapter held their bi-annual Oswald West Action Day, during which they collected 89 lbs of trash from Short Sand Beach!  For a full recap of the Action Day, read on here.

Thank you to everyone who came out to clean our beaches, bays, highways, and trails these past few weeks!  Your collective impact is MASSIVE and this work wouldn’t be possible without your dedication and support!