National Cleanup Day National Cleanup Day is celebrated annually in the United States on the third Saturday of September. It promotes both organized and individual cleanup efforts and volunteering to keep the outdoors clean. JOIN US THIS YEAR ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2020 National Cleanup Day + Earth Day + Keep America Beautiful in conjunction with World Cleanup Day are coordinating cleanups across the US. SLO County Creeks to Coast Cleanup Formerly known as Coastal Cleanup Day and Creek Day – This year ECOSLO has joined forces with the Central Coast Partners for Water Quality to bring you an even bigger and better event – SLO County Creeks to Coast Cleanup! Find more information here. Do you want your children to understand that they can be environmental stewards in their school or neighborhood? Register your school as a Schoolyard Cleanup Site to receive assistance and recognition and to be a part of an international effort to protect our coast and ocean, no matter where your school is! Helping our children understand the importance of recycling and conserving resources will be vital in growing constant awareness of how what we do affects our neighbors, our world, and our future. Litter is a big problem in California. In 2019, Caltrans spent $62 million on litter removal from our highways. They collected enough trash and debris to fill more than 9,700 garbage trucks. California Coastal Cleanup numbers for 2018: 759,354 Pounds of Trash and 819,323 Pounds of Debris collected during the cleanup. Litter is an eyesore to look at and expensive to pick up. To make matters worse, litter often leaches pollutants into the environment, and it harms wildlife, as well. Litter is often carried by wind or rain into rivers and storm drains, where it pollutes our waterways. Recent research from the Netherlands indicates that over 550 marine species have been affected by plastic litter, either by becoming tangled in it or eating it. If every person in California picked up just one piece of litter today, there would be over 39.51 million fewer pieces of litter. If you and your friends spend just one hour picking up litter in your own neighborhood, you will not only pick up thousands of pieces of trash, you will also make a tremendous impact on your community.