Help us make the San Juan Islands Plastic Free!

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


We’re springing into action this Earth Month for the Great Islands Clean-up! Join us for this one-day event on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Any roadside or beach trash collected during the event will be accepted for free at the islands’ waste stations and paid for by The County. This is an opportunity for our community to get outside, and help make our islands plastic and litter-free by the sea. 

Step 1: Register and review the safety guidelines through the links below.
Step 2: Have fun as you Spring into Action! Keep track of your volunteer hours and the miles of beach/road you cleaned.
Step 3: Drive through your dump on April 24 to drop off your litter and report your service

In keeping with San Juan County’s guidelines, wear your masks practice social distancing, and remain with your household/”pod”. There will be no congregating or gathering activites. We’ll get back to that fun part of the day next year when it is safe again!

Contact your island’s organizer (listed below) for more information and sign up for clean-up locations on beaches and roads and don’t forget to share photos of your efforts on the Great Island Clean Up Facebook page and use the tag #GICU2021!

Lopez Island

Roads: Nikyta Palmisani at [email protected]
Beaches: James Skeet Townley at [email protected]/509-860-3972

San Juan Island

Katie Fleming at [email protected]
Get in touch with Katie for information on the availability of bags, grabbers, safety vests, and gloves from the San Juan County Public Works office at 915 Spring Street

Orcas Island

Pete Moe at [email protected]/360-376-4089
Get in touch with Pete for information on the availability of kits with grabbers, vests, garbage bags, gloves, and instructions. 

Shaw Island

Jennifer Woodbridge at [email protected]
A dumpster at the Shaw County Park will be open and attended from 3-5 on Saturday 24th. Anyone not able to bring their GICU trash to the dumpster at this time should contact Jennifer to make other arrangements.

What? Tires?

Have you ever noticed a mossy, weedy tire while walking along roads or beaches? There is a chemical compound in tires that washes off in the rain and is linked to killing salmon – bringing in a cast-off tire along with your litter to the dump is a simple way that we can make an immediate impact. Help save salmon and care for our land and water this Great Islands Cleanup! If you find a tire too heavy to safely lift or have additional questions, please contact your island coordinator listed above.

Beach Clean-ups

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.