Pick One of These New Jersey Beach Cleanups AND Make a Difference

Posted on: March 6th, 2019 by


March 31, 2020 Clean Ocean Action update

We hope you continue to stay happy and healthy in these challenging times. Clean Ocean Action has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely, and our entire team remained optimistic that a modified form of the Beach Sweeps might be able to take place on April 25th. However, due to the extension of the federal lockdown through April 30, we will be cancelling the Spring Beach Sweeps this year to ensure public safety.  We know this is just as disappointing for you as it is for us. In 34 years, this is only the second time that the Beach Sweeps have been cancelled (the last time was due to a hurricane). In rain or shine, Beach Sweeps volunteers have showed their commitment to a clean ocean by getting feet on the beach and hands in the sand every April and October. Thanks to the dedication of volunteers like you, the Beach Sweeps continues to grow its impact each year, expanding to more beaches, inspiring and educating new volunteers, and removing continuously greater amounts of debris from the marine environment. In a little over a month, over 2,300 volunteers already registered to participate in this year’s Spring Beach Sweeps. Those numbers suggest that we were on track for another year of record-breaking participation.   While this year’s Sweeps might not be record-breaking, they will certainly be memorable! Though we won’t be able to join together on the beach this April as a group of thousands of dedicated, ocean-loving volunteers, we remain optimistic that we will be able to do so again at the Fall Beach Sweeps on October 24th. In the weeks ahead, we hope that you can draw inspiration and encouragement from the incredibly significant positive impact that you and your fellow volunteers have made over the years for our beautiful Jersey Shore.


New Jersey Beach Cleanups

You can help clean up a beach.


Twice a year, Clean Ocean Action asks for your help with New Jersey Beach Cleanups!

There’s no fun in walking along the beach as you try to avoid plastic bags, food garbage and all those other items that are left behind or washed up. You can help any time you’re at the beach, or join Clean Ocean Action at any of the following New Jersey beach cleanups set for Saturday, April 25, 2020, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm (unless noted below).


New Jersey beach cleanups as gif for blog post


Most of the groups will supply the gloves and garbage bags needed for the sweeps all you supply are the hands. For the little ones, I suggest grabbing an old pair of winter gloves or mittens and let them wear those while doing the sweep. The latex gloves most likely won’t come in toddler size. Don’t forget your rain boots!


New Jersey Beach Cleanups


2020 Clean Ocean Action‘s Spring Beach Sweeps Locations

Volunteers must register using this link to Clean Ocean Action.

New Jersey Beach Cleanups in Atlantic County

  • Atlantic City
    • S. Albany Avenue
    • Gardner’s Basin
  • Brigantine – 17th Street South Beach
  • Galloway – Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
  • Longport – 33rd and Atlantic Avenue Beach
  • Margate – S. Granville Avenue
  • Ventnor City – Newport Avenue Beach

New Jersey Beach Cleanups in Bergen County

  • Englewood Cliffs – Englewood Picnic Area at Palisades Interstate Park Commission

New Jersey Beach Cleanups in Burlington County

  • Palmyra – Palmyra Cove Nature Park 

New Jersey Beach Cleanups in Cape May County

  • Avalon – 8th Street and Avalon Avenue
  • Cape May – 
    • Nature Center of Cape May
    • 2nd Avenue Beach
  • Ocean City – Music Pier
  • Sea Isle City – John F. Kennedy Boulevard Beach 
  • Stone Harbor – 95th Street Beach
  • Wildwood – Poplar Avenue Beach
  • Wildwood Crest – Centennial Park
  • North Wildwood
    • Hereford Inlet Beach
  • Villas – Village Road & Bay Drive

New Jersey Beach Cleanups in Essex County

  • Glen Ridge/Montclair
    • Toney’s Brook at Glenfield Park
    • “The Glen”

New Jersey Beach Cleanups in Middlesex County

  • South Amboy/Sayreville – Raritan Bay Waterfront Park


Old Bridge Waterfront Park is one of the locations for the New Jersey Beach Cleanups


New Jersey Beach Cleanups in Monmouth County

  • Aberdeen – Fisherman’s Parking Lot at Cliffwood Beach
  • Allenhurst/Loch Arbour – Euclid Avenue
  • Asbury Park – 
    • Convention Hall at the Boardwalk
    • First Avenue Beach
  • Atlantic Highlands – 
    • Harbor Parking Lot
    • Popamora Point
  • Avon – Avon Pavilion at Norwood & Ocean (North End of the Beach)
  • Belmar 
    • 3rd Avenue Beach
    • 16th Avenue Beach
  • Bradley Beach – Gazebo on Ocean Ave and 5th
  • Deal – Hathaway Avenue
  • Highlands – Snug Harbor
  • Keansburg – Batting Cages
  • Keyport – Cedar Street
  • Long Branch
    • Brighton Avenue
    • Melrose Terrace
  • Manasquan – Main Street Beach
  • Middletown Twp
    • Leonardo Public Beach South
    • Ideal Beach
    • Bayshore Waterfront Park
  • Monmouth Beach – Bathing Pavilion
  • Ocean Grove – Boardwalk Pavilion
  • Red Bank – Maple Cove
  • Rumson – Municipal Boat Ramp
  • Sandy Hook – Lot D
  • Sea Bright –
    • Anchorage Public Beach
    • Sea Bright Beach Pavilion
  • Sea Girt – Boardwalk at Beacon Boulevard
  • Spring Lake – South End Pavilion
  • Union Beach – Front and Florence Avenues


New Jersey Beach Cleanups in Ocean County

  • Bay Head – Beach House Classic Board Shop
  • Bayville – Amherst Drive
  • Brick –  Brick Beach 1
  • Island Beach State Park – Bathing Pavilion 1
  • Lavallette – Philadelphia Avenue Beach
  • Little Egg Harbor – Parkertown Docks
  • Long Beach Island – 
    • Wally’s Restaurant in Surf City
    • Beach Haven Lifeguard Headquarters
  • Ocean Gate – Ocean Gate Beach
  • Pt. Pleasant – Riverfront Park
  • Pt. Pleasant Beach
    • Jenkinson’s Aquarium on the Boardwalk
    • Maryland Avenue
  • Seaside Park – 
    • 2nd Avenue
    • Midway Beach
    • Stockton Avenue Beach
    • 24th Avenue Bayside
  • Seaside Heights – Grant Avenue
  • Toms River
    • Brown’s Wood Preserve
    • Ortley Beach at 3rd Avenue
    • Normandy Beach at 6th Avenue


Boys playing on a New Jersey beach


Volunteers must register using this link to Clean Ocean Action. Check the website for newly added locations, and locations offering clean ups on a different day.

A great excuse for an off season beach day and a great way to teach your kids how to make a difference! Can’t make the April date? Mark your calendar for October 24, 2020 for the Fall COA Beach Sweep.

6 thoughts on “Pick One of These New Jersey Beach Cleanups AND Make a Difference

  1. Heidi Schoenemann says:

    How do I sign up for a beach cleanup!?

  2. Janice Skokowski says:

    My children are interested in doing a beach clean up in South Amboy or any nearby location. Please let me know if there are any scheduled for early 2019. Thank you!
    Janice Skokowski
    (732) 277-8553

  3. Faith Wendowski says:

    My company is interested in volunteering for a beach clean up possibly in Long Branch or that area on June 16, 2017. I could have 30 – 40 volunteers for the morning of June 16, 2017 maybe a few more. Any ideas who I could contact to make something like this happen

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.