Surfrider is now allowing and is encouraging solo beach cleanups!

What defines a solo beach cleanup?

A solo cleanup is defined as an individual cleanup by one person or household unit, not necessarily organized by the chapter, but promoted as an activity for the public. Please help us collect data from your cleanup! You can do this by:

  • Downloading and printing the data card (below)
  • When the card is completed, please send the information to us. The easiest way is to scan the card or take a picture of it and email it to Carol at

If you feel comfortable handling PPE, please read below for guidelines on handling and discarding PPE and please also use this Supplemental Data Card (download here) to help us track COVID-19 Priority Items such as PPE.

Please read the full guidelines on the Surfrider Foundation coastal blog before heading out to the beach. Some general guidance is listed below:

  • Select a location where you can maintain a minimum physical distance of 6 feet. Avoid crowded areas at crowded times.
  • Wear a mask or cloth face covering when in public per CDC recommendations.
  • Refrain from touching your face or public surfaces during the cleanup.  
  • Wear gloves. We cannot stress this safety precaution enough. Viruses can live on hard surfaces, and individuals should exercise extreme caution when collecting litter. Wearing gloves discourages you from touching your face or face covering. If using reusable gloves, be sure to properly sanitize between uses.
  • Grabbers are a good way to minimize contact between your gloves and trash items.
  • PPE: Improperly discarded Personal Protective Equipment such as gloves, masks, disinfectant wipes, or other medical waste should be handled and properly discarded following very strict protocol. It’s important that all PPE items collected are properly disposed of following CDC and EPA guidance. If you feel comfortable handling such items, use grabbers and place the PPE items in the receptacle separate from recyclables collected. Used PPE should be tightly sealed in a trash bag and discarded in a lined and secure trash receptacle. PPE items should not be recycled due to possible contamination.  
  • Remember to properly disinfect all reusable equipment before and after the cleanup using an EPA-approved product for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.  
  • Remember to use hand sanitizer after the cleanup is over, then wash your hands with soap and hot water for 20 seconds as soon as you’re able to do so.