2018 Litter Bugs Me, Annual Roadside Clean Up
& Volunteer Celebration
Litter Bugs Me, a roadside clean up, was founded nearly 20 years ago by West Marin residents Rigdon Currie and Dennis Rodoni, now our Marin County Supervisor, before it was handed off to EAC in 2009.
The event is a community wide roadside clean up effort along our watersheds after the busy summer season, and an excellent way to get involved and give back to our community and environment. Clean ups are coordinated by our local village associations, nonprofits, parks, clubs, and businesses who adopt a roadway in one of the seven coastal communities in West Marin (Bolinas, Inverness/Inverness Park, Marshall, Olema, Point Reyes Station, or Stinson Beach), and pick up trash throughout the week. The combined community efforts help support safer wildlife corridors, coastal and riparian zones, recreational opportunities, and get our community outside to protect what we love about West Marin.
The event ends with a Saturday community celebration and trash weigh in at Point Reyes National Seashore's Bear Valley Picnic Area.
How to Participate
Volunteer with EAC
Save the Date October 8Th - 13th, 2018
The Environmental Action Committee of West Marin (EAC) is partnering with community partners to host the annual Litter Bugs Me, a roadside clean up, but we need your help!
Let’s face it our roadways get trashed! As an unincorporated gateway community to three national parks, three state parks, open space, and agricultural lands, as well as a residential community, West Marin is a hot spot for Bay Area tourism. While tourism helps support the local economy, we also notice we get a lot of trash piling up along the roadsides after the busy summer tourist season. In a effort to clean up before the first winter rain and storm fronts, we asking you to get involved, and get outside to help us clean up.
Volunteer with EAC on Saturday, October 13th from 9:45 am - 12:30 pm, as we focus our clean up efforts along Platform Bridge Road, and areas around Point Reyes Station. The event is open to individuals, and families with children 12 and older. Volunteer roles include roadside pick up, transport, weigh and sort station, and volunteer celebration coordination. We will supply gloves, vests, and safety equipped. Please wear layers, sunscreen, a hat, and good walking shoes. RSVP Coming Soon!
The clean up will be followed by a weigh-in and volunteer celebration with food and drink at Point Reyes National Seashore's Bear Valley Picnic Area from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm.
We encourage volunteers to bring a family-style salad to share at
the volunteer celebration. Think bean, fruit, lettuce, or potato salad.
EAC will provide limited refreshments including salads and drinks.
Participate as a Team Up TO Clean Up Crew
Join Litter Bugs Me by registering your business, nonprofit, agency, or club as a Team Up to Clean Up Crew.
Team Up to Clean Up crews are encouraged to pick a date, time and roadside location for their clean up in one of the seven coastal communities in West Marin (Bolinas, Inverness/Inverness Park, Marshall, Olema, Point Reyes Station, or Stinson Beach), recruit volunteers, and implement their site specific clean up. Limited amount of gloves, or trash bags are available from EAC on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact us to officially register for as a Team Up Clean Up Crew.
On the day of your clean up, take photos, weigh or estimate your trash haul, and send us the stats and photos to share. See supporting organizations, and location below so we don't overlap.
Volunteer crews are encouraged to join the EAC weigh-in and volunteer celebration on Saturday, October 13th with food and drink at Point Reyes National Seashore's Bear Valley Picnic Area from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm. Supporting organization coordinators should email EAC estimated attendees for our final count.
Become A Sponsor
As a small nonprofit, we have limited funding, but big ideas to help support our community. Help from community businesses and leaders like you can make a big difference for this effort that benefits us all. Provide a cash or in-kind gift towards the event to help with supplies, or help sponsor the volunteer celebration.
- $25 gift enables us to purchase supplies for 10 volunteers
- $50 gift enables us to purchase supplies for 20 volunteers
- $100 gift enables us to purchase 10 reusable bags for this event, and beach clean ups
- $250 gift enables us to purchase safety vests, equipment, and signage during the clean up
- $500 gift enables us to provide extra support to outreach to all our coastal communities and get them involved
- In-kind gifts can include food, drink, supplies, or special gifts for volunteers, like a reusable water bottle.
2017 Litter Bugs Me Event was Cancelled
Due to Extreme Wildlife in Sonoma County
2016 litter bugs me RECAP
The 2016 Litter Bugs Me roadside clean up was a huge success! Together with over 30 volunteers we removed about 1,600 pounds of trash that filled one dumpster with recyclables and a second dumpster with miscellaneous trash including boxes, paper, shredded plastic cups, cigarette butts, etc.
Some of the other items discovered included a mattress, steel table, birdcage, metal pipes and tires. The clean up locations included Point Reyes Station, Platform Bride Road, Bear Valley Road, the east shore and roadside of Tomales Bay, and parts of Inverness.
In 2016, the clean up effort was expanded to include Tomales Bay, an international Ramsar site, nominated by the EAC board. Volunteers, including fisherman, state park rangers, and local environmentalists who removed over 5,000 pounds of debris and toxic materials including creosote pilings, tires and buoys. Several kayakers also headed out to the southern end of Tomales Bay and removed several tires, aquaculture debris, and other marine debris collecting in the wetlands. This was no easy task, but proved a big success!
thank you to our 2016 partners and sponsors
Participating organizations who coordinated volunteers for the roadside and waterway clean up included: East Shore Planning Group, EAC, Point Reyes Village Association, Point Reyes National Seashore/NPS, Olema Valley Association, Rotary Club of West Marin, Tomales Bay Youth Center, Tomales Bay Watershed Council, and Hog Island Oyster Company.
Thank you to the community event sponsors for helping us make this effort a success including: Hog Island Oyster Company, Inverness Park Market, Main Street Moms, Marin Sanitary, Nicasio Valley Cheese Company, Toby’s Feed Barn, The Palace Market, Point Reyes Schoolhouse Lodging, Table Top Farm, Tomales State Park and West Marin Event Library. Additional thank you Point Reyes National Seashore for sponsorship of roadside dumpsters and Tomales Bay State Park with their efforts to collect toxic debris from Tomales Bay.