HEAPS OF GRATITUDE! GrassRoots Garbage Gang and our beach cleanups are successes only because of you! THANKS, EVERYONE! The GrassRoots Garbage Gang is a 501c3 not-for-profit group that cleans up the Peninsula beaches in SW Washington. Each April and July hundreds of volunteers clean the Peninsula’s 25-mile beach. Support comes from incredible volunteers, local businesses, City of Long Beach, Marine Resource Committee, Washington State Parks and many others.

Check out this Oregon Field Guide Special Report featuring our own Russ Lewis a leader in data collection and the study of plastic marine debris in the Pacific Northwest.  



We are always looking for groups to adopt a stretch of beach to clean during regular cleanups. If you have questions or your group is ready to join email If you are an individual looking for a group we will gladly connect you with a good fit.

 To help in other ways, please email

 The Grassroots Garbage gang is a 501c3 and has begun to solicit Lifetime members at $100 each and Lifetime sponsors at $1000 each  (we will list the sponsors  – if desired).  We hope to raise another $79,000 – that will allow us to become sustainable in perpetuity budget.
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Mail checks to GrassRoots Garbage Gang at PO Box 1480, Ocean Park WA 98640

 On Washington State’s southernmost coast, we boast 28 miles of sandy Pacific Ocean beach.  Like beaches everywhere, it sees a tremendous amount of humanity’s garbage being tossed or washed ashore.

In 2001, a group of local residents began an all-volunteer effort to tackle the garbage along these beaches.  We’ve completed over 48 cleanups and collected nearly 500 tons! We call ourselves the GrassRoots Garbage Gang because that’s what we are,  a very grassroots group of folks who are distressed by the trash on the beaches. Since that time, the effort has mushroomed, with volunteers coming from all over the state to help out at one or all three of the annual cleanups. 


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