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Great Islands Clean-Up

Join your fellow islanders for the 2024 Spring Great Islands Clean-up on Saturday, April 20!

This year, we rally behind the theme Planet vs. Plastics!

Check out the information below for island-specific details.


Pick-up bags, vests and grabbers starting Mon, April 15 at The Exchange or on 4/20 at the Village Green in Eastsound starting at 10 a.m.

Collected trash can be dropped off the day of the event between 2 -3 p.m. at the Village Green.

Participants can stop by Island Hoppin’ Brewery for a free pint starting at 4 p.m.!

Contact Pete Moe for more info. [email protected] | 360-376-4089

San Juan:

Meet at 10 a.m. at the San Juan Island Brewing Co. parking lot (410 A St., Friday Harbor) on April 20 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.

  • After-party at San Juan Island Brewing Co., including:
    • Beer garden music by Adrian Xavier & Ska Island,
    • Mediterranean fare along with some grab and go items and baked goods available for purchase by Green Beat Kitchen,
    • $1 beers for clean-up participants,
    • T-shirt printing with Alchemy Art Center (bring a shirt to reuse!),
    • A raffle, and
    • The presentation of the Stewardship Network’s Good Steward Awards.

The Adrian Xavier & Ska Island experience is an exhilarating new collaboration between Seattle’s “Crown Prince of Reggae” and the mighty Ska Island band, a Skatalites tribute band formed by several recent ex-members of Bellingham’s legendary Yogoman Burning Band. The electrifying band backs up Adrian with powerful renditions of his original conscious reggae fusion music, while sprinkling in vintage Jamaican ska from the 60’s and 70’s.

Contact Katie Fleming for more info. [email protected] |360-762-5821


Drop-off collected trash on April 20 from 3-4 p.m. at the Shaw baseball field.

Call ahead for help with large or difficult-to-reach items, if you need ideas about where to look for trash, or if you need bags or gloves.

Contact Jennifer Woodbridge l [email protected] | 360-378-7948 (call or text only, no voicemail)

Lopez Island:

Come to Lopez Village Park between 10 and 11 a.m. to pick up bags, vests, and grabbers. Coffee, tea, and fresh baked treats will be provided.

Participants on the south end can collect vests and grabbers at the Southend Store.

Drop off your collected trash between 12 and 2 p.m. at Lopez Solid Waste (2419 Fisherman Bay Rd.), follow signs to drop area.

Contact Sarah Reeves | [email protected]

Boaters Around the Islands:

If you plan to be cruising in the San Juan Islands on April 20th, you can participate in the GICU! Select a beach with public access near where you moor and pick-up trash. Please provide your own trash bag and gloves. If you are returning to Friday Harbor Marina, you can place your beach trash in the Marina trash compactor or recycle bins. If returning elsewhere, please dispose of your beach trash responsibly.

Fall 2023 Great Islands Clean-up Results

With the dedication of 164 volunteers, we successfully collected a whopping 1,871 pounds of litter from 50 miles of our island’s roads and beaches on Orcas, Shaw, Lopez, and San Juan!

We are so grateful for the amazing community effort that’s helped us keep our islands litter and plastic free by the sea!

The Great Islands Clean-up is a bi-annual event held every Spring and Fall, coordinated by the County’s Department of Environmental Stewardship Solid Waste Program in cooperation with Orcas Recycling Services, Lautenbach Recycling, Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District, San Juan Sanitation, Friends of the San Juans, the Stewardship Network of the San Juans, the Port of Friday Harbor, and many other individual, business and service group volunteers. It is funded with support from the WA Department of Ecology’s Community Litter Cleanup Program.


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!

Adopt a beach here!

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.