The County sends along news about the islands’ twice-annual beach and road clean-up event.
Join your fellow islanders for the 2022 Fall Great Islands Clean-up on Saturday, Sept. 24 between 10 a.m and 2 p.m. During this event, participants of all ages can sign-up to collect trash on a designated beach or road, and then bring their collected trash to the central meeting spot to be counted.
On San Juan Island, meet at 10 a.m. at the San Juan Island Brewing Co. parking lot (410 A St. in Friday Harbor) to pick up trash collection equipment and receive beach and roadway assignments. Coffee and goodies will be provided by Lautenbach Recycling to fuel your efforts — bring your own coffee cup, please. Drop off your collected trash at the same location by 2 p.m. There will be an after-party at San Juan Island Brewing Co. with music by T‑Flo, $1 beers for clean-up participants, and a Stewardship Network of the San Juans raffle.
If you’d like to be assigned a location ahead of time, contact Katherine at firstname.lastname@example.org for beaches and Tina at email@example.com for roads.
“The Great Islands Clean-up is a fantastic opportunity for our community to join together and address the global issue of plastic pollution,” says Katie Fleming, San Juan County’s Solid Waste Coordinator. “Every little bit helps — last spring, 173 miles of island roads and beaches were cleaned by 350 awesome volunteers.”
The Great Islands Clean Up is a bi-annual event held every spring and fall, coordinated by the County’s Department of Environmental Stewardship Solid Waste Program in cooperation with Orcas Recycling Services, Lautenbach Recycling, Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District, San Juan Sanitation, Friends of the San Juans, the Stewardship Network of the San Juans, and many other individual, business, and service group volunteers. It is funded in part by the Washington State Department of Ecology.