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The Fall Great Islands Clean Up

It Takes a Village! 2021 Fall Great Islands Clean-up September 25

It takes a village to clean an island! The Great Islands Clean-up is back! In honor of National Public Lands Day, join your fellow islanders for the 2021 Fall Great Islands Clean-up on September 25th. This one-day household or individual effort is an opportunity for our community to get outside, connect with our home, and participate in the longevity of our islands’ natural habitats. 

From what started as small community efforts to pick up trash, has now become a countywide event supported by SJC Public Works and various other organizations that are dedicated to keeping the tradition of beach and road cleanups alive. It really does take a village to make this happen! 

San Juan Island Details:

If you would like to be assigned a pick-up location on San Juan Island, contact Katherine Dietzman at to sign-up for beaches and Angie Light at to sign-up for roads.

Bags, grabbers, safety vests, and gloves will be available at the San Juan County Public Works office at 915 Spring Street on Monday through Friday, September 20-24 during regular business hours. Borrowed materials will need to be returned the following week.

Litter picked-up on San Juan Island can be dropped off free of charge at the Lautenbach Transfer Station (212 Sutton Rd.), Saturday the 25th from 9 am – 4 pm. Participants who drop off their trash at the Transfer Station on September 25 will be entered in a raffle to win some awesome prizes! These prizes will include a $50 gift certificate to the SJI Food Co-op, a zero-waste kit, a pair of Alpaca socks from The Farm at Krystal Acres, handmade pottery from Lot 4 Studios, and more!

Shaw Island Details:

Participants can bring the litter they pick up to the dumpster at the Shaw baseball field on Saturday, September 25 from 2 – 4 p.m. 

If anyone needs to make special different arrangements, please contact Jennifer Woodbridge c. 360 378 7948 or

Orcas Island Details:

We look forward to seeing everyone out in the village! On Orcas, come by the Village Green from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to sign in and pick up supplies. You can bring your trash back to us at the Village Green by 2, or drop it off at the Orcas Transfer Station for no charge. Contact Pete Moe for more information ( / 376-4089).

Lopez Island Details:

Get in touch with Cyndi Smith ( the Lopez Island organizer for more details.

Waivers for people who did not participate last spring:

Adopt a beach!

Join us for regular beach cleans around San Juan Island, or become a beach steward for your favorite beach around the County!

Starts: September 25, 2021

Time: See Drop Off Times for Each Island

Admission: Free

Location: San Juan, Orcas, Lopez & Shaw
San Juan Islands, 98250

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San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau
1-888-468-3701 | (360) 378-9551
P.O. Box 1330, Friday Harbor, Washington 98250
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