Save The Bay invites public to participate in Rhode Island’s 2019 International Coastal Cleanup

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

Save The Bay is leading International Coastal Cleanup efforts in Rhode Island, organizing volunteer-led cleanups across the state, in September and October.

The International Coastal Cleanup, now in its 34th year, is a global event uniting more than 1 million volunteers in an effort to collect litter and debris from shorelines around the world. In Rhode Island, more than 2,500 volunteers are expected to join in this effort to collect both trash and data for the initiative.

“Every year, we are amazed by how many people care deeply about our shoreline, and are willing to say ‘It’s not OK to trash the Bay’,” said Save The Bay Volunteer and Internship Manager July Lewis in a press release. “These community volunteers play a pivotal role in preserving shorelines for recreation and protecting the health of our oceans. We’re always looking for more people to join the cleanup effort.”

Those interested in volunteering for a cleanup will find plenty of opportunities to help, as Save The Bay expects that more than 50 cleanups will take place across the state on and around International Coastal Cleanup Day (September 21). Local cleanup opportunities include:

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Saturday, Sept. 14:
Barrington Town Beach, 1-3 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 28:
Mussachuck Grove, 1-3 p.m.


Saturday, Sept. 21:
Bristol Town Beach, 10 a.m.-noon

Friday, Sept. 27:
Colt State Park, 10 a.m.-noon

Saturday, Sept. 28:
Jacob’s Point (Audubon Nature Center & Aquarium), 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Pebble Beach/Old Ferry Rd, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 2:
Mount Hope Boat Ramp, 5:30-6:30 p.m.


Saturday, Sept. 21:
Sabin Point Park, 10 a.m.-noon

Sunday, Sept. 22:
Crescent View Ave Causeway, 9 a.m.-noon

Saturday, Oct. 12:
Bold Point Park, 10 a.m.-noon


Sunday, Sept.29:
Potter Cove & Taylor Point, 1-3 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 5:
Fort Wetherill, 10 a.m.-noon


Saturday, Sept. 21:
Little Compton Town Shoreline, 9 a.m.-noon


Saturday, Sept. 21:
Second Beach, 10 a.m.-noon
Third Beach, 10 a.m.-noon


Saturday, Sept. 21:
Easton’s Beach, noon-2 p.m.


Saturday, Sept. 21
Sandy Point Beach, 9-11 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 5:
Common Fence Point, 8-10 a.m.


Saturday, Sept. 21:
Prudence Island Cleanup, 8 a.m.-noon


Saturday, Sept. 28:
Fogland Beach, 1-3 p.m.


Thursday, Sept. 19:
Warren Town Beach, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The complete list of Rhode Island International Coastal Cleanup events can be found on Save The Bay’s volunteer portal at Teams interested in signing up, or those with questions about volunteer opportunities, should contact July Lewis directly at

Last year, 2,293 community members participated in 98 cleanups across Rhode Island. The volunteers removed 13,389 pounds of trash and debris from 88 miles of the state’s coastline.

The annual International Coastal Cleanup—organized globally by the Washington, D.C.-based Ocean Conservancy, and locally by Save The Bay—mobilizes volunteers to both remove coastal debris from around the world while recording the amount, type and location of trash collected. The results are published in a global report that includes a state- and country-specific Ocean Trash Index. This data-rich report is a crucial reference for policymakers and environmental advocates around the world.

Interested volunteers who are unable to attend a formal cleanup can still contribute to the world’s largest database on marine debris by collecting litter independently and logging each trash item in Ocean Conservancy’s award-nominated Clean Swell app (available for free download from the App Store and Google Play).

For more information about the International Coastal Cleanup in Rhode Island, visit

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