How to Plan Your Own Beach Cleanup

How to Plan Your Own Beach Cleanup

The beach is so many people’s favorite place. It’s somewhere we can go to relax, catch some rays, or spend quality time with friends and family. Sadly, the beaches are also the places that are struggling the most from garbage and littering from vacation goers and visitors. If you are like us, and you want to protect the beaches that give us so much peace and joy, then you would be a perfect candidate to run a beach clean up. We have done some clean ups with our O&Co family, and you can do your very own too! Here is a breakdown of how to get it done.

Step 1: Choose the date

It’s best to do a beach clean up at either the beginning or end of the summer season! Summer is when most people visit the beach, and it’s also the time where the most trash finds its way to our shores. Doing a clean up at the beginning of the summer helps ensure that the beaches are in their best condition for the upcoming waves of visitors, but doing it at the end is best for picking up what the crowds have left behind. We recommend picking a date in late spring or early fall- but it’s up to you!

Step 2: Choose a time

Its easiest to clean up when the tide is at its lowest point because it will expose the most trash and debris. We recommend starting your clean up as the tide begins going out, so that you can clean up as much trash as possible!

Step 3: Get the OK

Since you’re doing a good thing for the environment and the coastal community, it’s highly unlikely that someone is going to tell you that you aren’t allowed to clean up the beach. However, just to be sure, it is a good idea to figure out who the best contact is for your beach and get their official approval before beginning.

Step 4: Round up your friends and spread the word

Beach clean ups are best when they’re done with a crusade of friends and family! Gather up the people that you know share your passion for the beach and invite them to help. After that, you can have all of them begin spreading the word with others. It also never helps to utilize social media to get more people involved. 

Step 5: Get some supplies

Trash bags and gloves are a must for any successful beach clean up, and it also helps to come equipped with rakes, sifters, and shovels to make the task a little bit easier. Equally as important, don’t forget sunscreen, water, and snacks for the other volunteers!

Step 6: Plan out the logistics

Outline a schedule for the clean up session, as well as delegate tasks to different groups of people. Depending on the amount of people that you are expecting, you might want to plan out if there is enough parking, or if you can encourage people to carpool in order to save space (and gas). It is also incredibly important to have a plan for disposing the trash after the cleanup is finished.


Cleaning up trash isn’t the most glorious task, but it is very rewarding and has potential to be fun! Plan rewards or prizes for the people who pick up the most trash, or turn it into a friendly competition. Music can always help liven up the atmosphere as well!

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