How to Get Involved

Get Involved

Thank you for your interest in participating in I Love A Clean San Diego’s Adopt-A-Beach program.

Please follow these steps to adopt:

Step 1: Choose your adopted site by visiting the adoptable areas page and register online to create your Adopt-A-Beach account – this will track your cleanups and accomplishments through the program.

Step 2: Once you have registered, schedule your cleanup dates using the calendar tool that appears when you login.

Step 3: Recruit your volunteers – you can download flyers here

Step 4: Go online or use a map to find directions to your cleanup site. You may also want to scout out the best place for your group to park.

Step 5: Schedule to pick up your supplies at ILACSD’s office before your cleanup. ILACSD provides bags, gloves, data cards, and pencils at no charge, and can loan you trash grabbers for a $5 per grabber deposit in cash or check. Deposits are refundable as long as grabbers are returned in working condition in a timely manner.

Day of the Cleanup

At your cleanup:

  • Review safety information and instructions with your volunteers, distribute supplies, and hand out data cards.
  • Tally your data cards, note your volunteer turnout, and weight of trash and recycling collected.
  • Place full bags into onsite trash cans so the bags are dispersed evenly and do not overflow, or place them in the on-site dumpster. Inland canyon sites must leave bags in a pile and report location to ILACSD so the ranger can pick them up.
  • After your cleanup, login to your AAB account to report your totals.
  • If you have borrowed trash grabbers, these must be returned within one week of your cleanup to receive the full deposit back. If you have extra supplies, either return them or store them for your next cleanup.

Safety Procedures

Prior to the event, make sure that all participants:

  • Receive and sign the waiver of liability. If under 18, the waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian.
  • Wear closed-toe shoes, a hat, and sunscreen to cleanup. If cleaning an inland area, we recommend that volunteers wear long pants.

On the day of your cleanup, please be sure to review these safety/cleanup rules with volunteers:

  • Children should be supervised by adults at all times.
  • Do not pick up any needles, syringes, broken glass, or other hazardous items. Mark items and alert a lifeguard or ranger as to their location.
  • Do not touch dead or injured animals.
  • Do not turn your back on the street or other hazards.
  • If cleaning near the ocean, be very careful during periods of high surf or a rising tide.
  • Make sure fire pits are cold before touching.

About Adopt-A-Beach

Sign up today to adopt a site of your choice and conduct cleanups based on your schedule!  ILACSD provides all the supplies at no charge, and offers free educational presentations and sign recognition pending availability.

Quick Contact

2508 Historic Decatur Rd, Ste 150
San Diego, CA 92106

Phone: 619.704.2774
Fax: 619.298.1314
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