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Bainbridge Beach Cleanup

    Coming to Bainbridge Island in September, 2017.  The first island-wide beach clean-up was a rousing success, so we are planning to repeat this in September, 2017.  Watch this site for further information as the date nears.  There will be more information, including how you and your organization or family can participate in this exciting event.



How do I register?
Go to the SignUpGenius page and follow the instructions.  If you have 
questions about signing up after reading this page of FAQs, please contact 
us at .
If you are signing up as a group, let us know at the address above
in addition to entering your contact info on SignUpGenius. 

Why should I register for the Bainbridge Beach Cleanup?
Signing up with us helps in a number of ways: we can reach you with important information about the cleanup, you can help us track the amount of trash we are collecting during the event, and we have a better sense of the number of folks who want to help and whether we’re actually covering all the shoreline area we are hoping to clean. While you can of course go out any time to pick up shoreline debris at your favorite beach (please!), this one day event is a big concerted effort to cover as much of the Island as we can, and letting us know you want to participate is a great help.

Do I need to be part of a team? Can I form my own team?
You do not need to be part of a team to participate. Anyone can help—
individuals, couples, families, friends, coworkers. If you would like to
make your own team, all you need is to do is designate a contact person
to register and have that person let us know how many of you are in the
group. It is that easy!

How do I know where to clean that day? Are there assigned locations?
Check the map to see which transect (labeled by number) you would like to clean.  Then cross-check with the SignUpGenius to see if that transect has already been assigned.  If it has, you can still show up to clean that area. Just make a note on the SignUpGenius page in the very first box ("General sign-up"). However, if you are willing to go to a transect that is unassigned, all the better! Make sure to enter your information for that unassigned area on SignUpGenius.  Our goal is to make sure that all 53 miles of beach get the attention and trash removal they deserve.  

Do I need to sign in that morning?
No need to sign in at all. All you need to do is remove as much as trash
at your location between 10am and 2pm on that day.

What if I do not find much trash to collect? What if I do not see
much on the beach I am assigned to clean?

What a great problem to have! Due to the influence of winds, tides,
and local currents, some beaches might have a lot of trash while others
seem to have very little. And some pieces might be really small, but
removing even those tiny pieces helps a lot. Every bit of trash you can
remove helps our shoreline environment, so even if it does not seem like
much—you are making a difference!

What should I bring?
Dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather, including
comfortable walking shoes or rubber boots (wear shoes with a good grip -
some of our beaches have slippery rocks!), sunscreen, and a water
bottle. Bring your phone; a smartphone is great if you have one and
would like to download and use the free CleanSwell app (see below for links) to track what
you have collected. Bring bags and/or buckets for collecting trash: you
can use your own, or pick up bags and gloves, as well as buckets to
borrow and return at the Miller Road gravel parking lot, just south of
Congregation Kol Shalom and north of New Brooklyn Rd) prior to heading
out to your site.

Are kids allowed?
Yes, they are welcomed and encouraged to participate! Please make sure
they are under adult supervision, especially when it comes to picking up
trash that could be sharp or dangerous.

What if someone asks why I’m there?
Explain that you are part of a one-day, island-wide volunteer beach
cleanup where we are doing everything we can to make our beaches more
beautiful and healthier for humans and wildlife. We are reaching out as
much as possible to all shoreline property owners letting them know
about the event, so your presence on this date and time should not come
as a surprise or be unwelcome. If someone does ask you to leave their
property, please respect their wishes.

Do I need to be there throughout the whole event, 10am–2pm?
No- we want you to do only as much as you can with the time you have
available. If you have a section with very little trash that doesn't take
you very long, fantastic! If you have a section that has too much trash
for you to deal with in the time you have available, that is okay too- just
please let us know if it is an area you think needs more attention. Email
with the location and information about
what you think is needed.

Where on the shoreline should I focus?
Focus your efforts between the high tide-wrack line (this is often where
seaweed has piled up, and is where a lot of trash is located) and the
water. If you find it necessary to move a rock to remove trash, please
replace those rocks, as they are often home to ocean life. Also, there
might be items upland of the high tide line that could look like trash but
might be private property. If you aren’t sure, please leave it alone.


What do I do with things that are too big to take with me or I’m not
sure if I should pick up?

We will be working with the harbormaster during this event, and she has
a boat that can be brought to areas where large items can be taken
out. If you find an item like this, the best thing to do is snap a photo
of it and text it to the harbormaster at 206-786-7627 with a location
and brief description of its state, such as whether it is buried. We’ll
respond as quickly as possible to see if it is something you can stick
around to help with, or if we’ll mark it for later pickup.

What do I do with my trash?
If you’ve collected a small amount of trash and are willing to just take
it home and put it in your garbage that works great. Otherwise, bring
your trash to our event collection station at the Miller Road gravel
parking lot
, located north of New Brooklyn Rd and just south of
Congregation Kol Shalom on the east side of Miller Road. The collection
station will be open on the day of cleanup between 10 am and 3pm.

How do I share what I have collected?
We have many ways for you to share what you have collected, including:
● Use the free CleanSwell App (available for Android and iPhone
● Post to our Facebook page
● Post pictures on Instagram using the hashtags #bibeachcleanup
and #litterati (the latter is a global trash tracking program)
● Download a paper form at
either drop off at Miller Rd when you bring your trash; scan and
email to ; or mail to Sustainable
Bainbridge, 221 Winslow Way West, BI WA 98110