It Takes a Village! 2021 Fall Great Islands Clean-up September 25

Posted September 10, 2021 at 5:45 am by

Great Islands Clean Up

It takes a vil­lage to clean an island! The Great Islands Clean-up is back! In hon­or of Nation­al Pub­lic Lands Day, join your fel­low islanders for the 2021 Fall Great Islands Clean-up on Sep­tem­ber 25th. This one-day house­hold or indi­vid­ual effort is an oppor­tu­ni­ty for our com­mu­ni­ty to get out­side, con­nect with our home, and par­tic­i­pate in the longevi­ty of our islands’ nat­ur­al habitats. 

From what start­ed as small com­mu­ni­ty efforts to pick up trash, has now become a coun­ty­wide event sup­port­ed by San Juan Coun­ty Pub­lic Works and var­i­ous oth­er orga­ni­za­tions that are ded­i­cat­ed to keep­ing the tra­di­tion of beach and road cleanups alive. It real­ly does take a vil­lage to make this happen!

If you would like to be assigned a pick-up loca­tion on San Juan Island, con­tact Kather­ine Diet­z­man at to sign-up for beach­es and Ang­ie Light at to sign-up for roads. 

Due to the cur­rent sta­tus of COVID-19, we ask that par­tic­i­pants con­tribute only with their pods or house­holds and wear masks when around others.

Bags, grab­bers, safe­ty vests, and gloves will be avail­able at the San Juan Coun­ty Pub­lic Works office at 915 Spring Street on Mon­day through Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 20–24 dur­ing reg­u­lar busi­ness hours. Bor­rowed mate­ri­als will need to be returned the fol­low­ing week.

Lit­ter picked-up on San Juan Island can be dropped off free of charge at the Laut­en­bach Trans­fer Sta­tion (212 Sut­ton Rd.), Sat­ur­day the 25th from 9am — 4pm. Par­tic­i­pants who drop off their trash at the Trans­fer Sta­tion on Sep­tem­ber 25 will be entered in a raf­fle to win some awe­some prizes! These prizes will include a $50 gift cer­tifi­cate to the SJI Food Co-op, a zero-waste kit, a pair of Alpaca socks from The Farm at Krys­tal Acres, hand­made pot­tery from Lot 4 Stu­dios, and more!

Vis­it for more infor­ma­tion about the Great Islands Clean-up events hap­pen­ing on Orcas, Lopez, and Shaw Island.

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