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 2018 Rhode Island report.] Policymakers use the ICC data to raise awareness about marine debris and reduce the problem at the source.


Saturday, September 21, 2019
Alternate dates throughout September & October


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 2019 International Coastal Cleanup sponsors:

Sponsor this Event:

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

Thank you to our 2019 Four Season Sponsors:

Logo of sponsor BayCoast Bank

Many thanks to our generous 50th Anniversary sponsors:


Sage Family Foundation

Navigant logo

REI logo

Logo of FL Putnam, 50th anniversary celebration sponsor

BCBSRI, a 50th anniversary sponsor

Thanks, Absolut!

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

MOO, one of our generous 50th anniversary sponsors

*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.