Soundkeeper conducts multiple cleanup events every year, involving hundreds of volunteers from dozens of workplaces and organizations.
Soundkeeper volunteers clean beaches, waterways and shorelines throughout the year to remove harmful trash and debris. During on-water events volunteers paddle kayaks, canoes and small boats to find trash in hard to reach spots along the shore, transferring or towing large debris safely to shore with larger boats. Contact us if your workplace is interested in organizing a cleanup activity for a team building day of service. Please check our events calendar below for upcoming cleanups; also take a look at our volunteer page to learn about other ways you can get involved with Soundkeeper.
Upcoming Cleanup Events
New for 2014! “Sound Sweeper” Cleanups are coming to an area near you! Join a monthly cleanup and spend time loving your local beach or shoreline area. All Sound Sweeper cleanups are open to the public and will occur on weekends, or weeknights as the days become longer, and will take place at rotating locations. Sign up here.
Annual Cleanup Events
The Sweep (since 2003)
Join us in May for The Sweep, our biggest cleanup of the year. Sweep is supported by dozens of businesses and organizations from around the Puget Sound basin and involves over 200 volunteers. Walkers, kayakers, paddling teams, row boats and motorized craft remove 2-3 tons of trash from Lake Union, Portage Bay and Union Bay. Habitat restoration volunteers remove invasive plant from shore in partnership with the Eastlake Community Council. All participants are treated to a picnic lunch provided by event sponsors and Soundkeeper.
This bi-annual event brings together local municipalities, non-profits, businesses, and the community to preserve and enhance habitat along the Duwamish River. Member organizations sponsor cleanups and habitat restoration activities at multiple sites along the waterway. Soundkeeper sponsors a kayaking cleanup at the Duwamish Waterway Park with kayaks provided by Alki Kayak Tours. For more information please visit www.duwamishalive.org.
International Coastal Cleanup (ICC)
Take a pledge to Take On The Trash! Each September, Soundkeeper participates in this global campaign. Nearly 600,000 volunteers from around the world dedicate a few hours to picking up trash from their local waterways and document every item they collect. The results are sent to the Ocean Conservancy and compiled in an annual report that provides a comprehensive snapshot of the problem of marine debris. Soundkeeper hosts multiple cleanups for this event throughout the month of September. Check out Ocean Conservancy reports from previous years.
Everett Waterfront Cleanup
Soundkeeper partners with the Port of Everett, local boating groups and community volunteers to clean up trash annually in May along the largest marina on the west coast and the Jetty Island natural area. Free boat shuttles out to Jetty Island provided by Everett Yacht Club.