Spring into Action this Great Island Cleanup, April 24th!

Help make the San Juan Islands “Plastic Free by the Sea”! This year’s Great Islands Clean-up is on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Join the county-wide greening event and collect litter from public beaches and roadways. There will be litter clean-up events happening on Orcas, San Juan, Lopez and Shaw Islands this year.

Look out for tires this year too! Have you ever noticed a mossy, weedy tire while walking along a roads or beaches? There is a chemical compound in tires that washes off in the rain and is linked to killing salmon – bringing in a cast-off tire along with your litter to the dump is a simple way that we can make an immediate impact.

Follow the steps below to join us:

  • Step 1 – Register and review the safety guidelines at www.plasticfreesalishsea.org/events.
  • Step 2 – Have fun as you Spring into ActionKeep track of your volunteer hours and miles of beach/road cleaned.
  • Step 3 – Drive through your dump on or around April 24th to drop off your litter and report your service.

Please remember to have your totals of volunteer hours and miles of beach/road cleaned for the attendant so we can measure our Great Islands Cleanup impact. This information helps us bring in future litter cleanup funding to our county from the State! If you find debris that is too heavy to safely lift or have additional questions, please contact your island coordinator below:

San Juan: Katie Fleming ([email protected])

Orcas: Pete Moe ([email protected] / 376-4089)

Shaw: Jennifer Woodbridge ([email protected])

Lopez: Nikyta Palmisani ([email protected]) – Roads

James Skeet Townley ([email protected] / 509-860-3972) – Beach

Make sure to share photos of your day! Send photos to [email protected] and tag #GICU2021 on social media.

The Friends of the San Juans do such a wonderful job of keeping on top of things like the transit of freighters through the Straits and their impact on whales as well as protecting our environment. Jim and I fell in love with the islands, the wildlife, and fishing. We hope to preserve it, not only for our family but for other families, well into the future.

Glen and Deb Bruels

members, San Juan Island