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 volunteer.savebay.org/international-coastal-cleanup.
*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!