On Saturday, Sept. 21, you can join with SOLVE, the City of Cannon Beach and Surfsand Resort for a beach cleanup.

Check-in will be 10 a.m. at Cannon Beach City Hall on Gower Street. The clean-up will end at 1 p.m.

Beaches to be cleaned will range from the main Cannon Beach accesses, up to Ecola State Park, and down to Arch Cape. Once checked in, you’ll choose which beach you’d like to clean.

This event is part of the annual “Beach and Riverside Cleanup,” in partnership with the Oregon Lottery, and the International Coastal Cleanup, a worldwide effort to keep beaches healthy.

Be prepared by dressing for any weather and wearing sturdy shoes. You’re encouraged to bring your own reusable bucket/bag, gloves and water bottle to help reduce plastic waste. If you forget, SOLVE will provide bags and gloves.

The most-commonly found items of trash on Oregon beaches are tiny bits of plastic and cigarette butts, which can be harmful to shore birds and marine life. Bring an old colander to sift the sand for these items.

This beach cleanup is family-friendly and includes volunteers of all ages, although participants are asked to keep their dogs leashed.

To ensure safety, participants will want to avoid logs in the water and marine mammals, and never turn their back on the ocean. If you find any hazardous material, alert your beach captain.

Hauling, disposal and recycling services will be donated by Recology Western Oregon.

To reach Cannon Beach City Hall, from U.S. Highway 101 South take the Sunset Boulevard exit into Cannon Beach. At the “T” intersection, turn right onto Hemlock Street and then right onto Gower Street. Check-in is in the City Hall parking.

The beach captains will provide supplies, and directions depending on which beach you’d like to clean.

Bathrooms are located to the west of City Hall, across Hemlock Street.

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