Coastal Cleanup

Turtles, fish, and other species you love seeing in Long Island Sound can become entangled in fishing line, nets, and six-pack rings. Marine life and birds mistake trash like Styrofoam, plastics, and cigarette butts for food, which can poison their bodies with toxins and lead to starvation.

That’s why Save the Sound organizes coastal cleanups each spring and fall to help keep trash away from wildlife and out of the waters where you fish and swim. In the past seven years alone, 14,000 volunteers have removed over 100,000 pounds of trash from Connecticut’s shoreline, protecting countless creatures and communities.

Not only does marine debris threaten the Sound’s fragile ecosystem, it weakens coastal economies by sapping dollars from the tourism and seafood industries. Long Island Sound contributes more than $9 billion to the regional economy each year, but toxic seafood and trash-covered beaches threaten this powerhouse.

International Coastal Cleanup

Boy Scouts picking up trash at Gulf Beach in Milford

Save the Sound is the Connecticut coordinator for Ocean Conservancy’s annual International Coastal Cleanup, the largest volunteer effort of its kind.

Every September for more than 30 years, ICC has motivated over 11.5 million people around the world to pick up over 210 million pounds of trash from nearly 390,000 miles of shoreline.

Thanks to the hard work of volunteers just like you, the International Coastal Cleanup is a success year after year. Our 2017 ICC results:

  • 61 cleanup events
  • 1,631 volunteers
  • 8,563 pounds of trash
  • 58 miles of waterfront

Corporate Sponsorships and Cleanups

Save the Sound seeks corporate partners to support our coastal cleanup program with financial contributions or in-kind gifts of essential supplies.

To coordinate a company cleanup for your organization or make a supportive contribution, please e-mail Annalisa at

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