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Great Islands Clean Up

It Takes a Village! 2021 Fall Great Islands Clean-up September 25

It takes a village to clean an island! The Great Islands Clean-up is back! In honor of National Public Lands Day, join your fellow islanders for the 2021 Fall Great Islands Clean-up on September 25th. This one-day household or individual effort is an opportunity for our community to get outside, connect with our home, and participate in the longevity of our islands’ natural habitats. 

From what started as small community efforts to pick up trash, has now become a countywide event supported by SJC Public Works and various other organizations that are dedicated to keeping the tradition of beach and road cleanups alive. It really does take a village to make this happen! 

San Juan Island Details:

If you would like to be assigned a pick-up location on San Juan Island, contact Katherine Dietzman at [email protected] to sign-up for beaches and Angie Light at [email protected] to sign-up for roads. 

Bags, grabbers, safety vests, and gloves will be available at the San Juan County Public Works office at 915 Spring Street on Monday through Friday, September 20-24 during regular business hours. Borrowed materials will need to be returned the following week.

Litter picked-up on San Juan Island can be dropped off free of charge at the Lautenbach Transfer Station (212 Sutton Rd.), Saturday the 25th from 9am – 4pm. Participants who drop off their trash at the Transfer Station on September 25 will be entered in a raffle to win some awesome prizes! These prizes will include a $50 gift certificate to the SJI Food Co-op, a zero-waste kit, a pair of Alpaca socks from The Farm at Krystal Acres, handmade pottery from Lot 4 Studios, and more!

“And we love pictures, so please take photos of your wackiest trash, the beach before/after and – of course – yourself! Please send those photos to [email protected] and/or tag your photos with #gicufall2021 on your social media as well. San Juan Islanders who submit photos will also be entered to win the raffle!”

Shaw Island Details:

Participants can bring the litter they pick up to the dumpster at the Shaw baseball field on Saturday, September 25 from 2 – 4 p.m. 

If anyone needs to make special different arrangements, please contact Jennifer Woodbridge c. 360 378 7948 or [email protected].

Orcas Island Details:

We look forward to seeing everyone out in the village! On Orcas, come by the Village Green from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to sign-in and pick up supplies. You can bring your trash back to us at the Village Green by 2, or drop it off at the Orcas Transfer Station for no charge. Contact Pete Moe for more information ([email protected] / 376-4089).

Lopez Island Details:

Get in touch with Cyndi Smith ([email protected]) the Lopez Island organizer for more details.

Waivers for people who did not participate last spring:

Adopt a beach!

Join us for regular beach cleans around San Juan Island, or become a beach steward for your favorite beach around the County!

Do you have an event that fits our mission to make the Salish Sea Plastic Free? Get in touch and let us know?

What do you do with all that plastic you picked up on the beach? Make art of course!

Mermaid made from beach trash

Art work created from plastic and trash by the local Youth Conservation Corp teams and by community members during the 2018 Great Islands Cleanup on Lopez (Mermaid) and San Juan (Mandala) Islands.