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Solo Beach Cleanup Guidelines

Solo Beach Cleanup photo

While we are following the MD state guidelines of continuing practicing physical distancing and continue avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people, our chapter is encouraging solo beach cleanups!

What defines a solo beach cleanup?
A solo cleanup is defined as an individual cleanup by one person or household unit, not necessarily organized by the chapter, but promoted as an activity for the public. 

Please help us collect data from your cleanup! You can do this by:

  • Downloading and printing the data card (above)
  • You can also download the data card at
  • When the card is completed, please send the information to us. The easiest ways include scanning the card or taking a photo and emailing the results to

Please read the full guidelines on the Surfrider Foundation coastal blog before heading out to the beach. Some general guidance is listed below:

  • Select a location where you can maintain a minimum physical distance of 6 feet. Avoid crowded areas at crowded times.  
  • Wear a mask or cloth face covering when in public per CDC recommendations.
  • Wear gloves. We cannot stress this safety precaution enough. Viruses can live on hard surfaces, and individuals should exercise extreme caution when collecting litter. Wearing gloves discourages you from touching your face or face covering. If using reusable gloves, be sure to properly sanitize between uses.
  • Grabbers are a good way to minimize contact between your gloves and trash items.
  • Remember to use hand sanitizer after the cleanup is over, then wash your hands with soap and hot water for 20 seconds as soon as you’re able to do so.