Volunteers needed for beach cleanup

The SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21, and will include volunteers picking up debris from beaches all along Lincoln County. Pictured are family members helping out at a previous event. (News-Times file photo)

The annual SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21. SOLVE, in partnership with the Oregon Lottery, conducts these cleanup efforts at coastal beaches and along rivers throughout the state.

On the coast, cleanup efforts will focus on the miles of sandy beaches, and there will be more than 40 sites coastwide where volunteers will be picking up debris between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Many of these sites are in Lincoln County, and people can find out where they can help to clean up their favorite stretch beach by going online at solveoregon.org. Once there, they can use the search bar to see where the cleanup sites are located in their area.

To help make the event more sustainable, volunteers are encouraged to bring their own work gloves, bucket and water bottle to reduce the use of disposable plastic. All instructions and necessary supplies will be provided by project leaders on the morning of the event.

Since 1984, more than 130,000 Beach & Riverside Cleanup volunteers have removed 1.7 million pounds of litter and marine debris from project sites across Oregon. This annual, family-friendly event is part of the International Coastal Cleanup and National Public Lands Day. 

Oregonians are proud of where they call home, which is why the SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup has become an Oregon tradition.

“In Oregon, everywhere you look there are reminders of what a special place this is,” said Oregon Lottery Director Barry Pack. “SOLVE’s annual Beach & Riverside Cleanup gives thousands of Oregonians the opportunity to have a hand in helping to preserve that beauty.”

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