Members of the KOIN 6 team at the SOLVE Beach Cleanup on Sept. 24, 2016. (KOIN)
Members of the KOIN 6 team at the SOLVE Beach Cleanup on Sept. 24, 2016. (KOIN)

Last Fall, the 2016 Oregon Beach and Riverside Clean-up attracted 4,600 volunteers, who cleared more than 61,000 pounds of litter and debris and 6.5 acres of non-native plants.  By working together, we can all help  keep our beautiful northwest beaches and rivers clean.

KOIN 6 is teaming up with SOLVE (Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism) for the 32ND Annual Spring Beach Cleanup on April 1, 2017, and we’d like  you to be there, too.  Join SOLVE and KOIN 6 at the Seaside Beach Turnaround from 10am-1pm!  This event is part of the annual Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup- a statewide effort to keep our beaches healthy and reduce the impacts to marine life.  Dress for rain or shine, and wear sturdy shoes.  SOLVE will provide the bags and gloves.  Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own reusable bucket/bag and water bottle to help reduce plastic waste.  The two of the most common items found on Oregon beaches are tiny bits of plastic and cigarette butts, which are harmful to shore birds and marine life.  Bring an old colander to sift the sand for these items.


SOLVE is a non-profit organization that brings together individuals, business groups, and service and conservation groups through volunteering and education to restore our natural spaces and take good care of this great state of which we are all so proud. SOLVE facilitates Oregonians of all kinds coming together to volunteer, focusing on beach and illegal dump cleanup, planting native trees, removing invasive plants, and other environmental maintenance projects. SOLVE annually creates an average of 40,000 volunteer opportunities in 170 communities all across this diverse state.


But SOLVE has been around, and doing good, for a lot longer ago than that. The organization originally called S.O.L.V. (Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism) was created by Governor Tom McCall and other community leaders in 1969 to address the need for community action in the ever-growing state.

Today SOLVE is working to build on that original vision with a strategic plan for today’s problems (and tomorrow’s too, for that matter).

Learn more about SOLVE here >>

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