The Surfrider MA Chapter regularly organizes coastal and other cleanups around the state. Our cleanup program is active year-round and we work with a range of partners, so there is almost always something coming soon!
Our chapter's active goal is to get at least one cleanup report from every one of the 66 coastal communities along our state's 1500-mile coastline. We'll need both chapter-organized events and DIY cleanup reports submitted by you!
Picking up trash and recording data about what you find is one of the best ways to help raise awareness about plastic pollution. Your efforts will also support the Surfrider Foundation Massachusetts Chapter’s work to understand the sources of marine debris and our campaigns to reduce the amount of trash that ends up in the environment.
In addition to joining a Chapter-organized group cleanup (see our Events page), you can use the resources on this page to organize your own solo or small group cleanup! If you have any questions at all, please feel free to Contact Us.
Participation in a DIY/solo cleanup event is voluntary and solely at a participant’s own risk, including any risk associated with COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2). Individuals should only participate to the extent that they can comply with applicable federal, state, and local rules and restrictions, and the below safety guidelines including physical distancing.
Any participant using the information provided on this page knowingly and voluntarily assumes all risks, known and unknown, even if arising from the negligence of the Surfrider Foundation and Surfrider Foundation MA Chapter and agrees to waive, release, hold harmless and forever discharge any and all rights and claims which they may have against the Surfrider Foundation, their representatives, employees, officers, and affiliates for sickness, death, injury, loss and any and all damages which may be sustained and/or suffered in connection their use of this information.
As always: No piece of trash or cleanup is worth taking a major risk to your health or that of those around you. Please carefully consider the risks of attending and please stay home if you or someone you are in close contact with are in a high-risk group.
If doing a cleanup right now doesn’t make sense for you, no worries! There are many other ways you can help protect the ocean, waves, and beaches from home. If you write us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we’ll be happy to share some ideas.
At Surfrider MA, we always emphasize that the positive impact of your cleanup can extend well beyond just removing trash from the beach.
By collecting data on what you find during your cleanup, you can help ensure that the benefits of your work extend well beyond just what you’ve picked up on the day. The Surfrider Foundation and allied organizations regularly use cleanup data to educate, for citizen science, and in advocating for local, state, and federal laws aimed at stopping trash from ending up on the beach in the first place.
We strongly encourage you to record what you find during your cleanup on the provided datacard as you pick up trash. After the cleanup, please use our handy online form to report your data and a MA Chapter volunteer will enter it into the Surfrider Foundation’s National Beach Cleanup Database.
Normally, data collection is easiest in small teams of 2 to 3, with one person focused on recording data while the others actually pick up trash.
Thank you again for taking the time to help keep your local area clean! After group cleanups, we usually gather around the pile of collected trash and talk about what just happened. Instead of that, here are a few things to think about after your DIY cleanup:
We often point out that plastic marine debris, beach trash, and waste management are all problems where personal actions can make a real difference, but where the overall problems are bigger than one person can solve on their own.
Remember: Your cleanup was just one step towards a bigger goal. Thank you so much for taking this step and we hope that you plan to take many more going forward!