Join our #SurfriderSoloCleanup
campaign and tackle pollution locally, today!
There are inherent risks involved when participating in in-person and public events, including risks associated with COVID-19. Participation in a solo cleanup is voluntary and solely at a participant’s own risk, including risk of exposure, infection, and illness from COVID-19. Individuals should only participate to the extent that they are healthy and can comply with physical distancing and applicable federal, state, and local rules and restrictions.
Guidelines on Solo Cleanups
A solo cleanup is defined as an individual cleanup by one person or household unit. The following guidelines are created by the Surfrider Foundation and also listed in this blog post.
- Be responsible! If you are feeling sick or generally unwell, please stay indoors and heal.
- What to bring: mask/cloth face covering, gloves, 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer, grabbers (if you have them), 2 separate collection receptacles.
- Check with your local authority on beach use and access restrictions. Select a location where you can maintain a minimum physical distance of 6 feet. Avoid crowded areas at crowded times.
- Wear a mask or cloth face covering when in public per CDC recommendations
- Wear gloves. We cannot stress this safety precaution enough. Viruses can live on hard surfaces, and individuals should exercise extreme caution when collecting litter. Wearing gloves discourages you from touching your face or face covering. If using reusable gloves, be sure to properly sanitize between uses. Effective sanitization of a reusable glove depends on the material. Individuals should comply with CDC and EPA guidance on how to effectively sanitize reusable items against COVID-19.
- Grabbers are a good way to minimize contact between your gloves and trash items. Sanitize these after use and before transport or storage.
- Refrain from touching your face or public surfaces during the cleanup.
- Improperly discarded Personal Protective Equipment, such as gloves, masks, disinfectant wipes, or other hazardous materials, should be handled and properly discarded following very strict protocol. It’s important that all PPE items collected are properly disposed of, following CDC and EPA guidance. If you feel comfortable handling such items, use grabbers and/or gloves and place the PPE items in the receptacle separate from recyclables collected. Used PPE should be tightly sealed in a trash bag and discarded in a lined and secure trash receptacle. PPE items should not be recycled due to possible contamination.
- Remember to use hand sanitizer after the cleanup is over. Then, wash your hands with soap and hot water for 20 seconds as soon as you’re able to do so.
- Remember to properly disinfect all reusable equipment before and after the cleanup using an EPA-approved product for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
- Please check all state and local governing agency allowances to beach access before you go. Choose beaches which are allowing active use (i.e., walking included).
- Know the guidelines for open/close times, parking regulations, and how to get rid of your trash collected. Additionally, restroom closures and other information are provided by the beach/city authority. Local beach updates – visit these pages for more details on the area you plan to visit:
Share your cleanup with us!
Tag @SurfriderNewportBeach & use #SurfriderSoloCleanUp
on your posts to be featured on our Instagram!
Not easy to get to the beach right now? Not a problem. Unfortunately, unfiltered plastic pollution from all over the county finds its way to our ocean, waves, and beaches through both our natural waterways and our thousands of miles of storm drains. Because all pollution flows downstream, a “beach cleanup” doesn’t necessarily have to be conducted on the beach. We encourage you to conduct a solo cleanup wherever it is safe and convenient to do so – in your neighborhood, at your local park, or anywhere in your watershed!
Completing data cards on the items picked up during beach and land cleanups is vital to our organization. For the last several years, we’ve asked Surfrider volunteers to collect data at cleanups. This data helps us determine the main sources of pollution on our shores, informing both our education and policy efforts to prevent trash from reaching the beach in the first place. Using years of cleanup results, we’ve produced a simplified tally sheet that focuses on common, priority items found at beach and neighborhood cleanups. With your help, we can keep our data game strong and continue to demand real solutions from policymakers and corporate polluters.
Download and print the data reporting card for your cleanup. Email your completed card to firstname.lastname@example.org. Digital option – paper-free – Take your device on your cleanup and input your data card at this Google form.
Fill out all identification information at top of the data card – most importantly: the date, the location (latitude and longitude coordinates preferred), estimated miles of shoreline, the number of people completing the cleanup, and estimated pounds of trash.
* Tip on collecting lat/long and miles of shoreline – use your smartphone maps feature to pin drop your start and end points.
Want to get involved without leaving your house?
Would you like to participate in our Newport Beach chapter efforts behind the scenes, and not out on a cleanup?
No problem! Please contact us to find out how you can help with opportunities such as social media and marketing assistance, signing Action Alerts for protection of our waves, beaches, and oceans, and more.