April 20: 2019 Great Islands Clean-up - Shaw, Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands

Help make the San Juan Islands “Plastic Free by the Sea”. This year’s Great Islands Clean-up is on Saturday, April 20, 2019. Join the county-wide greening event and collect litter from public beaches and roadways. Bags, grabbers, safety vests and latex gloves will  be available at the San Juan County Public Works office on Spring Street during the week before the event.

LOPEZ ISLAND:  Blossom Grocery Store and Lopez Dump.  Meet before 10 am at Blossom Grocery Store parking lot to pick up trash collection equipment and receive beach and roadway assignments. Coffee and goodies will be provided to fuel your efforts. Bring your collected trash, separated into recyclables and garbage to the County Public Works shop next to the Lopez Dump on Fisherman Bay Road before 2 pm to partake in the great islands diversion challenge.

Contact: Nick Teague - gteague@blm.gov or 360-468-3754 Amanda Wedow - amandaw@sjclandbank.org

SHAW ISLAND:  Contact Jennifer Woodbridge prior to the April 20 to pick up trash collection equipment. Bring your trash and recyclables to the community building for separation into bins. If you need help taking your bags to the community building contact Jennifer before April 20 to make arrangements. Contact: Jennifer Woodbridge - outsidelanguage1@gmail.com or ​ 360 378 7948. 


Great Island Clean-up at the Village Green in Eastsound from 10 a.m. to  2 p.m. Meet at the Village Green in Eastsound to pick-up your trash collection equipment and be assigned a beach or roadway. Be sure to  bring back what you collect to the Village Green before 2 pm for the great islands diversion challenge.  


After party reception at Island Hoppin Brewery 4 - 6pm


Pick-up your trash collection equipment at the central meet location next to Bonnie's Creative Passions at 635 Spring Street in Friday Harbor from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There is also a drop-in beach clean-up at South Beach via Pickett's Lane from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you would like to be assigned to a clean-up location ahead of time, contact Katie Fleming at katie@sanjuans.org or 360-378-2319.  

Litter picker-uppers will be asked to join the recycling diversion challenge this year. We are seeing how much of the collected litter can be diverted to recycling. Please help us sort any clean recycled material from your roadside or beach litter. If you have questions about what is recyclable, there will be people on hand to help you. Be sure to bring back what you collect for the diversion challenge to the central meet location at 635 Spring Street by 2 p.m.


The Stewardship Network of the San Juans and San Juan Island Brewing Company are co-sponsoring a thank you party for clean-up participants at the brewery (410 A St.) in Friday Harbor. Bring a picture of you participating in the clean-up and you will get one pint of beer for a dollar between 3 and 5 p.m. There will also be a raffle for people of all ages including prizes from the Stewardship Network members.

There will be litter clean-up events happening on Orcas, San Juan, Lopez and Shaw Islands. Visit www.plasticfreesalishsea.org/events for more information about the events on all this islands.

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