International Coastal Cleanup

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

Ocean trash is a serious pollution problem that affects the health of people, wildlife and local economies. The International Coastal Cleanup is the world’s largest, annual, volunteer effort tackling this problem for our ocean and waterways.

On average, more than 2,000 volunteers participate annually in the Rhode Island ICC at more than 80 sites, typically removing about 20,000 pounds of trash and debris and documenting what they find. In 2018, more than one million volunteers across the globe took a stand against ocean trash by joining the ICC.

The data is compiled and published in an annual global report on marine debris by the Ocean Conservancy. [Take a look at our 2019 Rhode Island report.] Policymakers use the ICC data to raise awareness about marine debris and reduce the problem at the source.


Save the Date:
Saturday, September 19, 2020


Dozens of sites across Rhode Island

Ready to join a cleanup?
See the list of cleanups in our volunteer portal, and sign up for one near you.

"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

Coast-To-Coast Promotional Products logo

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!


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.


July 7, 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. All internship and public programs remain suspended at this time.

Save The Bay has begun to post limited volunteer opportunities with new procedures for the health and safety of volunteers. Pre-registration is required. Learn more at

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.