LI Beaches Hosting Cleanups on International Coastal Cleanup Day

Find a local beach cleanup and volunteer to help clean up on Saturday, September 21st.

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Every year on the third Saturday in September people all over the world volunteer to pick up trash during local beach cleanups during International Coastal Cleanup Day. This year’s celebration of the world’s oceans and waterways happens on September 21st.


International Coastal Cleanup Day began more than 30 years ago with communities coming together to collect and document the trash littering their coastlines. Over the decades it grew into a global event.


According to the New York State Beach Cleanup organization data among the top items of trash collected off of beaches were straws/stirrers, cigarette butts, foam pieces, bottle caps, food wrappers, and plastic beverage bottles.


Across Long Island organizations will be hosting beach cleanup events.Some high profile beach clean up will be taking place that weekend. See below as we highlight a few events and list of many more happening that day. Celebrate your love of Long Island beaches with volunteerism.


Use #InternationalCoastalCleanupDay to post your efforts on social media and spread the word.


Long Beach - International Coastal Cleanup Day


According to a release announcing the event by the Town of Oyster Bay, you can join friends, residents, and local environmental groups in fighting ocean trash by participating in this year’s beach cleanup. The City has partnered with Fabien Cousteau and his non-profit, the Ocean Learning Center, to host this year's International Coastal Cleanup Day. This year's cleanup will take place from 9–11am, rain or shine. Volunteers will meet at New York Avenue and the beach. All cleanup materials will be provided. Please remember to bring a reusable water bottle as water jugs will be provided.


Coastal Steward Beach Cleanup at Port Jefferson Harbor


The event, sponsored by The Richard and Mary Morrison Foundation and hosted by Coastal Steward, will take place in Port Jefferson Harbor and Long Island Sound from 8:30am to 3pm. A boat will be required to take part in this event.


Glen Cove: Garvies Point Museum & Preserve Beach


From 10am to Noon, volunteers are welcome to do their part and help clean up the shoreline along Hempstead Harbor. Light refreshments and complimentary live animal presentation for volunteers. Register by September 18th. For more information contact Veronica Natale at or call 516-571-8010


More Long Island beach cleanups happening that day.


Nassau County


Lido Beach: Lido Dunes

Contact: Brooke Newby at or 516-992-8992

Time: 11:00am


Long Beach: Lido Beach

Contact: Celeste Campbell at


Port Washington: Manorhaven Town Park

Contact: Sarah Deonarine at or 516-869-7983

Time: 9:30am


Jones Beach Field 4

Contact: Heather Kennelly at or 6316698585

Time: 11:00 am


Jones Beach State Park

Contact: Harry Leggio at or (516) 679-7200

Time: 9:00 am


Jones Beach State Park Field #10

Contact: Steve Rosenthal at or 516-205-6683

Time: 10:00 am


Jones Beach, Field 5, Zach's Bay

Contatc: Rosanne Mamo at or 516-221-8112

Time: 10:00 am


West Hempstead: Hempstead Lake State Park

Contact: William Brown at or 516-766-1029

Time: 9:00 am


Suffolk County


Atlantique: AMC Fire Island Cabin

Contact: Marietta C. Phoenix (Marie) at or 718 379-7508

Time: 10:00am


Captree State Park

Contact: Brad Cameron at or 6318485303

Time: 9:00am


Gilgo Beach (Town of Babylon )

Contact: Ray Eriksen at or 631-885-4479

Time: 9:00am


Babylon: Robert Moses State Park

Contact: Brad Cameron at or 631-848-5303

Time: 9:00am


Robert Moses State Park, Field 2

Contact: Angel Rivera at or 631-665-2311

Time: 10:00am


East Islip: Heckscher State Park

Contact: Timothy Watson at or 631-446-3314

Time: 9:00am


Huntington: Caumsett State Park

Contact: Bill Monahan at or (631)549-0071

Time: 10:00am


Mattituck: Bailie Beach

Contact: Irene and John Bradley at or (631) 495-2887

Time: 9:00am


Mattituck: Breakwater Beach

Contact: Irene and John Bradley at or (631) 495-2887

Rime: 9:00am


Mattituck: Veterans Beach

Contact: Irene and John Bradley at or (631) 495-2887

Time: TBA


Belmont Lake State Park

Contact: Joe Brodtman at or (631) 667-5055

Time: 10:00am


Northville: Hallock State Park Preserve

Contact: Kevin Kelly at or 631-315-5475

Time: 10:00am


Orient: Orient Beach State Park

Contact: Bill Bohach at 631-323-2440

Time: 10:00am


Wading River: Wildwood State Park

Contact: Joseph Leissle at or (631) 929-4314

Time: 9:30am


Find more events happening this fall here.