Bayfront Cleanup

2021 Success Story

Thank you to our San Mateo volunteers who joined us at Ryder Park on Saturday. Sept. 18, 2021 for a different type of clean up on our shorelines.

In all, 723 volunteers joined together to keep our San Francisco Bay and our Marina Lagoon shorelines clean, a total of about two and a half miles. Volunteers collected 15 cubic yards of debris, one and a half cubic yards of recycling, and five pounds of cigarette butts.

Contest prize winners were:Team up to Cleanup Bayfront 2021 - Group photo of volunteers

Heaviest Item

1st place                Madison Verner               

2nd place               Tristan Levadoux           

Strangest Item

1st place                Kyle Crawford                    

2nd place               Evelyn Cisneros                

3rd place                Bellarmine Friends        

Most Valuable Item

1st place                Yasunari Shimizu                    

2nd place               Ethan                                     

3rd place                Grace Liu                             

Contest winners will be contacted by phone. Thank you to everyone who participated. We look forward to seeing you next year! 

2020 Success Story

In 2020, due to the COVID-19 health orders, we collaborated with our county partners to make it easy for San Mateo residents to organize their own neighborhood cleanup effort in September. 

In all, 48 amazing volunteer leaders registered a cleanup in San Mateo and 29 of those groups tracked their litter collection in the Clean Swell app. Thanks to their hard work, we know that:

  • 362.35 pounds of trash was collected and properly disposed of in landfills;
  • Volunteer covered 7.79 miles of San Mateo to remove the trash, and;
  • Cigarette butts were the most common item removed. Shoreline Cleanup 2020 participant

Thank Shoreline Cleanup 2020 participant_3you to each of these volunteers. Your efforts to stay committed to a cleaner San Mateo inspire us. Kudos to every person who participated in 2020.

You don't have to wait until next September to help keep San Mateo clean, you can volunteer today for Adopt A Drain

We hope that our amazing volunteers will continue to take the initiative for cleaner neighborhoods, beaches, shorelines and boat ramp areas through the year. THANK YOU volunteers!


2019 Success Story

What an incredible turnout from the community. Just over 1,000 volunteers showed up to clean our shorelines at Ryder Park on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. To be precise, it was 1,003 volunteers who helped to remove 3,500 pounds of garbage from the natural habitat along San Francisco Bay. Volunteers also removed 20 pounds of recycling, all from about 1.5 miles of San Francisco Bay shoreline. Strangest Find win went to the team who recovered a fully intact kids play kitcBCU  Sept 21 2019 KBenz photo3hen, not to mention a large ottoman and the top of a vacuum cleaner.

2018 Success Story

On Coastal Cleanup Day September 15, 2018, San Mateo volunteers collected 24 cubic yards of trash and debris from approximately 1.5 miles of shoreline, lagoon and creek. Close to 200 pounds of bottles and cans were collected for recycling. An astonishing eight pounds of cigarette butts – which equates to approximately 72,000 butts were also collected.  Bayfront Cleanup Sept 21 2019 KBenz photo

All of it was removed from our sensitive shoreline wildlife habitat. 

California Coastal Cleanup

San Mateo’s Bayfront Cleanup is part of the California Coastal Cleanup. Find out more about the dangers of marine debris on its pages.