KOIN 6 is again teaming up with SOLVE (Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism) and thousands of volunteers on September 23 to support the health of our public beaches, neighborhoods, historic cemeteries and natural areas, and clean up litter from source to sea!

Part of the International Coastal Cleanup and the National Public Lands Day, the SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup has been an Oregon tradition since 1984. This year’s event will also be held in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Oregon Beach Bill, which placed our iconic beaches under public ownership in 1967.

SOLVE Cleanup events

Your project leader will provide bags, gloves, tools, and instructions once you check in at your project site. Be prepared for changing weather and wear sturdy shoes. Additional tips to maximize cleanup and sustainability efforts include:

> Bring a pair of gardening/work gloves to reduce use of vinyl gloves
> Bring a reusable water bottle
> Carpool and use public transportation where possible
> Plan ahead and pack a “trash-free” lunch
> At litter cleanups, bring a bucket or reusable bag to reduce the amount of plastic bags used
> At beach cleanups, bring an old colander to sift the tide lines for harmful, bite-sized bits of plastic
> If you find hazardous debris, do not touch it! Report it to your project leader


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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