International Coastal Cleanup

Join the International Coastal Cleanup,
the biggest coastal volunteer cleanup effort in the world!

The International Coastal Cleanup is the world’s largest volunteer effort for our ocean. People all over the world remove trash from the shores and document what they find, and Save The Bay is proud to be the Rhode Island State Coordinator. The data is published in an annual report on marine debris by the Ocean Conservancy. See the full 2019 Rhode Island report!

ICC will look different in 2020 because of COVID-19, but we have lots of options for you to take action to keep Narragansett Bay and our oceans clean!

  • Storm Drain Marking – Prevent marine debris at the source! Work on your own or with other members of your household to apply markers that say “Don’t Dump – Drains to Bay” next to storm drains. Learn more and sign up! 
  • Individual Cleanups – Use the Clean Swell App to conduct cleanups at your favorite spot and contribute the data to the International Coastal Cleanup data set! Perfect for individuals and families. Find out more and download the app.
  • Cleanups with Save The Bay – Cleanups will be held throughout September, October and November. Cleanups will be smaller than in past years, with a maximum of 15 participants, and all participants must sign up individually and complete the online waiver. Participants must wear a mask while cleaning. See individual listings for full safety information. Additional cleanups will be posted through the fall! Sign up for a cleanup!


September, October & November 2020


Sites across Rhode Island

Ready to Join the 2020 icc?

Visit our Volunteer Portal to get started, and to be the first to know when new volunteer opportunities become available!

"I never would have expected to collect as much trash as we did... but it gives you a sense of accomplishment!"
ICC 2018 Volunteer

Explore Rhode Island's 2019 International Coastal Cleanups

2019 International Coastal Cleanup

Many thanks to our generous 50th Anniversary sponsors:


Sage Family Foundation


Navigant logo

REI logo


Logo of FL Putnam, 50th anniversary celebration sponsor

Thanks, Bank of America, for sponsoring our 50th Anniversary Celebration!

Thanks, Absolut!


BCBSRI, a 50th anniversary sponsor

MOO, one of our generous 50th anniversary sponsors


Thanks, Roger Williams University, for sponsoring our 50th anniversary celebration!

Many thank to Brown University for sponsoring our 50th Anniversary celebration

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Thank you to our 2020 sponsors:

Thanks, Bank of America, for sponsoring our 50th Anniversary Celebration!Thanks for being a 50th Anniversary Sponsor, National Grid!

Many thanks for UNFI for joining us as a yearlong sponsor!

Logo of FL Putnam, 50th anniversary celebration sponsor

Thank you, Conanicut Marine Services, for sponsoring Save The Bay in 2020!


Thanks, WaterScents for sponsoring our 2020 Events season!

Interested in becoming a Save The Bay sponsor?

For information about participating in or sponsoring this great event, contact Leanne Danielsen or call 401-272-3540 x140.

*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.


September 28, 2020

Dear Friends, Supporters and Community Members, 

At this time, Save The Bay’s facilities in Providence, Newport and Westerly remain closed to the public in response to COVID-19.

Save The Bay is now offering limited volunteer opportunities and Seal Tours and Nature Cruises, each with new policies and procedures for the health and safety of our guests and volunteers.

Our staff remains dedicated to working on our mission to protect and improve Narragansett Bay from home. As always, we are accessible via email (listed on our website), or on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.