Quarterly Neighborhood Clean Ups

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Keep Oceanside Beautiful!

The City of Oceanside promotes community cleanup events for residents and visitors throughout the year. Community cleanups are a great and easy way for everyone to get involved in their community, complete community service hours, and help serve as many areas as possible by removing debris, trash and illegally dumped items from City neighborhoods, parks, and beaches. Join us in beautifying Oceanside by participating in any of the below activities:


Quarterly Neighborhood Cleanups

The City's Quarterly Neighborhood Cleanup events are held in collaboration with Neighborhood Services, Code Enforcement and the Green Oceanside Team FOUR TIMES each year! There are two ways to participate:

  1. House Hold Cleanup: Do you have denotable items, material beyond reuse and repair, or even illegally dumped junk at home or in your neighborhood? Bring them to a Quarterly Neighborhood Cleanup!
    • Local reuse organizations will be on site to receive gently used, donatable items.
    • Recycling services will be available for e-waste (household appliances, printers, TVs, computers, etc. that often have cords or batteries).
    • Multiple landfill dumpsters will be available for furniture, mattresses, barbeques, home hoods and other items beyond reuse or repair.

    Please keep in mind no household hazardous waste will be accepted, but you can always schedule a household hazardous waste drop off appointment with Waste Management at (760) 439-2824

  2. Volunteers Wanted - Help Clean the Community: On the day of the event, check in at the Green Oceanside booth with friends and family! Pick up gloves, bags, and other cleanup supplies, then walk through the local neighborhood, park, or surrounding area to help remove litter. Don't forget to sign you liability waiver for these events.

Visit Green Oceanside’s Events Page for a full list of dates, and to see when we will be in YOUR neighborhood!


Annual Waterway Cleanups

Help Oceanside's watersheds and waterways stay clean and healthy by participating in one of two Annual Waterway Cleanups! The City of Oceanside hosts two annual volunteer cleanup events in the City's waterways and open space areas, in coordination with I Love a Clean San Diego and the Green Oceanside team. These events include the statewide Creek to Bay Cleanup every April, and Coastal Cleanup Day every September. Both Events are a great way to remove litter and debris close to home in your own neighborhood or in the City's waterways. Volunteers can choose from multiple cleanup locations in the San Luis Rey River, Loma Alta Creek and Buena Vista Creek watersheds at each event! To learn more on how to participate, contact GreenOceanside@oceansideca.org.



Private Group Cleanups

Are you interested in organizing your own cleanup event? The City’s Special Events Staff accepts requests for private cleanup events, for 30 or more participants, at available City neighborhoods, parks, and beaches. Three Cleanup Permits are accepted each month and events are processed on a first-come, first served-basis. Applications should be received 60 days prior to the event to provide adequate time for processing, scheduling and coordination. Remember to secure cleanup supplies such as buckets, reusable gloves, and trash pickers in addition to Waste Management disposal services to safely dispose of the waste collected. For more information on how to apply for a Cleanup permit, visit the City’s Special Events Webpage

Solo Cleanups

The City’s Green Oceanside team encourages individuals to “pack in, pack out” and take the initiative and responsibility to keep their own neighborhood, park, or beach clean! You can even go a step further and do a solo cleanup wherever you are. It’s easy– grab some gloves, bags, or buckets to collect debris and  sort the items into your carts at home! Don’t forget to share your journey with @Oceanside_Water on Instagram or @CityOceanside on Facebook to inspire others to do the same in their community!

Additional Services for a Beautiful Oceanside

  • To report illegal dumping, hazardous waste, or encampment related debris within the City's waterways or open space areas, call (760) 435-4500 or contact Customer Care.
  • Do you have a large item that needs to be taken to the landfill? Oceanside residents are able to request a Large Item Landfill Pick Up of up to 5 items, 3 times a year. Contact Waste Management at (760) 439 -2824 for more information and to schedule a pick up.
  • Head over to www.greenoceanside.org to learn about upcoming volunteer events, Donations and Landfill Weeks, and other donation opportunities.