Bayfront Cleanup

Saving Our Bay One Cigarette, One Bottle Cap, One Food Wrapper at a Time

In 2021 more than 720 volunteers collected 15 cubic yards of debris, one and a half cubic yards of recycling, and five pounds of cigarette butts from our shoreline, lagoon, and San Mateo Creek. We are hoping for even more volunteers in 2023!

The highlight of the event each year is the "Catch of the Day" where volunteers get to show off their most "unusual" finds.

Be prepared to get dirty, have a good time, and help the environment!Team up to Cleanup Bayfront 2021 - Group photo of volunteers

Volunteers Needed: Bay Front CleanUp Volunteer Application

Location: Ryder Park, 1801 J. Hart Clinton Dr, San Mateo (Directions)

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2023

  7:30am – 9:00am

  8:00am - 12:00 pm

Special Notes:  We require all minors to be under the supervision of an adult. Also, be sure to wear old clothes and sturdy shoes (no flip flops or open-toed shoes). Please review our Safety Guidelines before the event. 


  • Prizes for Heaviest Item, Strangest Item, and Most Valuable Item!Shoreline Cleanup 2020 participant
  • Barbecue, including burgers (veggie options as well) for hungry volunteers – our way of saying “Thank You!”
  • Live Music preformed by a DJ. 

Attention Students!

Volunteer verification forms can be signed after the event near the registration table. 

Contact Us

Questions or comments about this event or other Recycling or Waste Reduction events, please reach out to Siliva Pa'uli or call (650) 522-7297.

More Information 

For more information and other volunteer opportunities, please visit our volunteer site

San Mateo’s Bayfront Cleanup is part of the California Coastal Cleanup. If you are busy Saturday morning you can still participate in Coastal Cleanup by downloading the CleanSwell app and clean on your own time! All cleanups during the month of September will count towards our statewide goals.