International Coastal Cleanup

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

The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) 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 for the effort, organizing dozens of cleanups throughout the state. In 2020, volunteers in the Ocean State collected more than 4,000 pounds of trash from Rhode Island shorelines. (See the full 2020 Rhode Island report!) 

The Ocean Conservancy, the global organizer of the event, publishes the collected data in an annual report on marine debris that is used by policymakers around the world. (In 2020, the Ocean Conservancy also published a report on pandemic-related pollution.)

ICC 2021 will take place September-October*. Interested participants are invited to make an impact on the health of our local waters by either joining an organized cleanup, or by cleaning up independently, with family or friends and documenting collected litter using the Clean Swell App. Learn more about cleanup options and opportunities on our Volunteer Portal at

*Due to the substantial interest of dedicated volunteers, we have decided to extend this year’s ICC effort into November! Visit the Volunteer Portal to find a November cleanup near you!



September-October 2021
Extended into November 2021!


Sites across Rhode Island

Find a Cleanup

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

Thank you to our 2021 sponsors:


The Arbella Insurance Foundation logo, features dark blue text and a double masted sailing vessel

Thanks for being a 50th Anniversary Sponsor, National Grid!



Rexel Energy Solutions logo, blue with white text

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


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


Save The Bay is also grateful to receive ongoing support from the following partners… 

The Granny Squibb Company logo
The Granny Squibb Company donates a portion of the proceeds from their “Charlie’s Cranberry” tea to Save The Bay.
Green River Silver, Co. Logo
Green River Silver, Co. donates a portion of the proceeds of their “Rhode Island” line to Save The Bay.

Interested in becoming a Save The Bay sponsor or partner?

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.