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Join us for community events around the county, including the Great Islands Clean-up, regular beach cleans, workshops, and more.

Great Islands Clean-Up

Fall 2022 Great Islands Clean-up

Come join your fellow islanders for the 2022 Spring Great Islands Clean-up on Saturday, September 24, 2022 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

We look forward to seeing community members and visitors alike at this bi-annual event. Check the Great Islands Clean-Up Facebook page for regular updates and see the details below information on where to pick up bags, vests, grabbers, and when and where to drop off trash on each island.

Please take pictures of your clean-up adventures and email them to Katie. Tag us on Facebook and Instagram with #GICU2022.

Lopez Island: Lopez volunteers meet at the Lopez Village Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 24th. Drop-off your collected trash at Lopez Solid Waste by 2:00 p.m. that day. You can sign up for a route ahead of time by contacting Larissa.

Orcas Island: Orcas volunteers can pick-up grabbers, gloves, bags and safety vests starting Monday, September 19th at The Exchange or at The Village Green the morning of the event. Collected trash can be brought back to The Village Green before 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 24th. Signed-up volunteers can join us for a free beer at Island Hoppin’ Brewery starting at 4 p.m. Contact Pete for more information.

San Juan Island: Meet at 10 a.m. at the San Juan Island Brewing Co. parking lot (410 A St., Friday Harbor) to pick up trash collection equipment and receive beach and roadway assignments. Coffee and goodies will be provided by Lautenbach Recycling to fuel your efforts (bring your own coffee cup, please)! Drop-off your collected trash at the same location by 2 p.m. There will be an after-party at San Juan Island Brewing Co. – join in for music by T-Flo, 1 $ beers for GICU participants, and a Stewardship Network raffle. If you’d like to be assigned a road ahead of time, contact Katherine for beaches and Tina for roads. If you have general event questions contact Katie.

Shaw Island: Contact Jennifer Woodbridge in advance by text (not voicemail) or email if you’d like bags, gloves, or pickup sticks at 360-378-7948. Drop-off collected trash THE DAY AFTER THE EVENT (Sunday, September 25th) at the Shaw baseball field between 2-3 p.m. If you find large items and need help moving them, please get in touch with Jennifer. 

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Waivers for people who have not participated before:

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.

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