Beach Cleanups

hooksett disk
Volunteer holding a biofilm chip or “Hooksett disk,” one of over 4 million accidentally released from a wastewater treatment plant in Hooksett, NH in 2011. We’re still finding these disks on beaches.

Pollution prevention is our ultimate goal, but while there’s still litter on the beach, we’ll be out there to clean it up. With the help of volunteers, we’ve removed over 170,000 pounds of litter from our local beaches since 2001.

Beach cleanups are a great way to get involved in protecting the marine environment, and a great way to get exercise! On our beach cleanups, we spend 1-2 hours collecting trash off a local beach, and recording our findings – so you also get to contribute to our long-term study on marine pollution. Our cleanups include a short presentation on our research efforts and ways you can help protect the marine environment. We’ll also weigh our trash at the end. It’s a great way for kids to learn, too!

  • We do cleanups every month (click here for schedule), and can always use volunteers! This is a great activity for individuals, families and large or small groups.
  • If you can’t join one of our scheduled cleanups, we will schedule a special cleanup for groups of 10 or more. Check out more information about group cleanups here.
  • If there’s a beach near you that needs help, please let us know and we’ll try to add it to our cleanup list.
  • Cleaning beaches can help people, animals and our tourism industry (and thus, the economy).
  • You can also join the New Hampshire Coastal Cleanup in September!

Cleanup Supplies

We provide all supplies, including bags, non-latex gloves, and data cards.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear work gloves to minimize our use of disposable gloves. We suggest participants dress in layers and wear sturdy, close-toed shoes for safety. Cleanups are conducted rain or shine.

For more information about what to expect at a cleanup, please read our beach cleanup guidelines.

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