Beach Clean-Up

Tacoma Shoreline Survey & Cleanup 2021

Picking up trash off a beach is a good thing. But if you can count it for science, then toss it into a giant octopus sculpture, it’s even better.

That’s exactly what Tacomans can do at the annual Tacoma Shoreline Survey & Cleanup.

WHEN: 9am – 1pm Sat. June 5
WHERE: Jack Hyde Park, 1741 N Shuster Parkway, Tacoma WA 98402
AND: You can also cleanup anywhere along the 13 miles of Tacoma’s shoreline.
BRING: Mask, gloves, bucket and your phone.

Doing the TSS Cleanup is easy. First,  download the Ocean Conservancy’s Clean Swell app (Apple or Android), allow GPS location and create an account. Then start tracking the trash you find. After submitting, choose “Share” and email a copy to to get your count included in the Tacoma Shoreline Survey.

Then comes the extra-fun part! Pick your trash as you go, and if you’re near Jack Hyde Park from 9am-1pm, get it weighed and put it into the Trashoctopus! A giant metal sculpture by Tacoma artists Nichole Rathburn and Ed Kroupa, the Trashoctopus is also a trash can that will be roaming Tacoma’s beaches all month. Fill it with trash and protect our waters!

You can cleanup and submit data all day long from any shore in Tacoma. Please wear a mask and social-distance. Stay home if you’re sick.

How to use the trash counting app

Watch the Ikkatsu Project video to see how to use the Clean Swell app!

Big thanks to clean-up partners South Sound Surfrider and the Ikkatsu Project!