Coastal Cleanups

PTMSC strives to conduct several cleanups along our local coastlines in Jefferson County each year! Many of our cleanups are in partnership with Washington CoastSavers and Ocean Conservancy, like the Washington Coastal Cleanup (WCC) and International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICC).

Check out how much marine debris we have collected from our local coastlines with the help of countless volunteers, like yourselves, over just the past few years!!

2022
April (WCC) - 134 volunteers, 2,100 pounds of debris removed
Check back soon for our next cleanup this year...

2021
January (MLK Day) - 110 volunteers, weight not collected
September (ICC) - 32 volunteers, 174 pounds of debris removed
October (in partnership with Puget Soundkeeper) - 32 volunteers, 554 pounds of debris removed

2020
April (WCC) - Cancelled due to Covid-19
September (ICC) - 52 volunteers, 164 pounds of debris removed

2019
April (WCC) - 76 volunteers, 670 pounds of debris removed
September (ICC) - 77 volunteers, 120 pounds of debris removed

2018
April (WCC) - 130 volunteers, 652 pounds of debris removed
September (ICC) - 52 volunteers, 194 pounds of debris removed

2017
April (WCC) - 141 volunteers, weight not collected
September (ICC) - 54 volunteers, 200 pounds of debris removed

What do we do with this data?

At each cleanup, we encourage participants to categorize and log the debris they collect through the CleanSwell app! This provides an opportunity for individuals to turn the trash they pick up into valuable data for scientists and policymakers.

Do you pick up marine debris while walking along your coastline, neighborhood, or park? Download and use the CleanSwell app to keep record of the impact you've had keeping our oceans trash free! Find more info on how to download and use it here!

Since many of our cleanups are hosted alongside organizations like Washington CoastSavers, we contribute to larger databases regarding marine pollution. We also use this data in our exhibit spaces to bring awareness to marine pollution and the scope of this problem. 

What do we do with the trash collected?

Looking forward, we hope to develop more partnerships with individuals and organizations who can help us provide second lives for the debris collected in our cleanups.