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Great Islands Clean-Up

Spring 2022 Great Islands Clean-up: All Hands on Deck!

The Great Islands Clean-up is back in person! Come join your fellow islanders for the 2022 Spring Great Islands Clean-up on Saturday, April 23, 2022 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

This year’s theme, All Hands on Deck, celebrates our collaborative efforts as a community to keep our oceans and roads plastic and litter free. 

We look forward to seeing community members and visitors alike at this 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: Meet at 10 a.m. at Lopez Village Park to pick up trash collection equipment and receive beach and roadway assignments. Bring your collected trash back to Lopez Solid Waste by 2 p.m. Contact Larissa for more information.

Orcas Island: Meet at the Village Green in Eastsound at 10 a.m. to pick-up your trash collection equipment and be assigned a beach or roadway. Bring back what you collect to the Village Green before 2 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 2:30 p.m. There will be an after-party at San Juan Island Brewing Co. starting at 3 p.m. – join in for music by River Rye Bluegrass, 1 $ beers for GICU participants, a raffle, and the presentation of the Good Steward Awards. 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 your collected litter off at the Shaw Baseball field between 2 and 3 p.m. If you find large items and need help moving them, please get in touch with Jennifer. 


In addition to initiatives aiming at keeping our beaches clean and free of plastics and other waste, in the following month, San Juan County will be spearheading a countywide campaign to Secure Your Load for Safer Roads. The Secure Your Load campaign will focus on educating residents and visitors on the importance of, and how to, secure any items in, or on, your vehicle to keep it from becoming road or beach waste.

The current penalties and fines for not properly securing your load in San Juan County range from a gross misdemeanor to $ 553.00, depending on the offense. Each island transfer station has varying fees they charge for vehicles disposing of trash that has not been secured properly. 

Waivers for people who did not participate in the Spring or Fall 2022:

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.