Earth Day

Earth Day

Grab a bag and head out to pick up litter from a local shoreline (Puget Sound, river, or lake)!

On Earth Day, bring it to a disposal and sorting location (see below) to see what was diverted from local waters.

On-site volunteers will sort the litter to better understand how it affects our environment.

 

Shoreline Litter Disposal & Sorting Locations

Earth Day - Thursday, April 22nd 2:00-6:00 p.m.

Volunteers will be on-site at the following locations on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22nd, from 2:00-6:00 p.m. to collect and sort litter from shoreline cleanup efforts.

Note: COVID safety protocols, including mask wearing and physical distancing, are required at all litter disposal and sorting locations. See below for additional safety information.

Suggested Shoreline Cleanup Locations

See the map below for suggested shoreline cleanup locations!

Note: Locations shown on the map with a yellow icon require paid parking.

Safety Rules

COVID Safety Protocols

  • Social/Physical Distancing: Try to keep at least 6 feet away from people outside of your household at all times. This includes shoreline cleanup locations and the litter disposal and sorting locations listed above. 
  • Mask Wearing: At outdoor locations where you cannot reliably maintain a 6 foot distance from others, wear a cloth face cover. Face coverings are required at all litter disposal and sorting locations.
  • Sick? Stay Home! If you or someone in your household are currently ill, please stay home and stay away from public places and litter drop-off locations.

Personal Safety at Beaches is Most Important

  • Protect your hands with gloves and wear sturdy footwear.
  • Do not attempt to climb on slippery surfaces and keep solid footing.
  • Know the time of high tide.

Leave Hazardous Substances Untouched

  • Barrels, drums, medical waste, oil, chemicals, tar balls, or oil material: Mark and record the location (take a photo) and notify Alex Pittman (alex.pittman@snoco.org; 425.262.2466).
  • Key words : CAUTION, WARNING, and DANGER.

 Infection Control

  • Wear gloves, wash hands before eating, and avoid contamination of eyes and open cuts, scratches, sores, and rashes.
  • Contamination sources may include disposable diapers, hypodermic needles, spoiled food, and dead animals. 
  • All bio-hazardous materials, including medical wastes, diapers, spoiled food, and dead animals should be left untouched and in place. 
  • Take a photo and notify Alex Pittman (alex.pittman@snoco.org; 425.262.2466) if you identify and public health hazards.

Be Good to Your Back!

  • Trash that is too heavy or large to be carried should be recorded but left on the beach.

Leave Natural Items on the Beach

  • Driftwood, seaweed, dead or live animals and birds should be left where they are found.

Walk As Far As You Want, Gather on the Way Back

  • Concrete on pick up plastics (including the small pieces), glass, and other non-biodegradable materials.

Don't Disturb Shorebirds or Seals on the Beach

  • Keep pets away from any wildlife you encounter on the beach.

 

Earth Day