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!!

Join us for our upcoming Cleanup
February 11th from 11-1pm

Come show some love for Earth this Valentine's Day! Join PTMSC and the JeffCo Trash Task Force in cleaning up Downtown Port Townsend's streets and beaches!

Check-in 11am: Meet at Haines Place Park-and-Ride (next to Safeway) to receive supplies and cleanup locations!

Return to the Pourhouse at 1pm: Join us after all your hard work for a free drink at the Pourhouse and a slice of pizza from the Pizza Factory! Here we will collect and weigh all your accomplishments!

Thanks to our amazing sponsors, Pourhouse and PT Pizza Factory, for their support!

Questions? Email Mandi at or Stephanie at

Find more information on the Trash Task Force group and getting involved in their cleanup projects, visit their Facebook page by searching JeffCo.Wa Trash Task Force or by clicking here

Sea You There!

Check back soon for data

April (WCC) - 134 volunteers, 2,100 pounds of debris removed
September (ICC) - 68 volunteers, 350 pounds of debris removed.

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

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

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

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

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.