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

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, October 23, 2021, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm (unless noted below).

There are some Covid-19 guidelines to be aware of, which are posted on the website. 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

2021 Clean Ocean Action‘s Fall Beach Sweeps Locations

Volunteers must register using this link to Clean Ocean Action.

New Jersey Beach Cleanups in Atlantic County

  • Atlantic City – S. Albany Ave Boardwalk (199 S Albany Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401) Sponsored by Atlantic City Electric
  • Brigantine – 17th St. Beach, South (Brigantine Beach Patrol, 1700 17th Street, Brigantine, NJ 08203)
  • Longport – 33rd and Atlantic Ave
  • Margate – Granville Ave
  • Ventnor City – Newport Avenue Beach (Community Building: 6500 Atlantic Ave, Ventnor City, NJ 08406)

New Jersey Beach Cleanups in Bergen County

  • Englewood Cliffs – Englewood Picnic Area/Boat Basin at Palisades Interstate Park (GPS: 40.875925, -73.946678) Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club New York-North Jersey Chapter. In partnership with Palisades Interstate Park Commission and Hudson River Fisherman’s Association.
New Jersey Beach Cleanups
You can help clean up a beach.

New Jersey Beach Cleanups in Cape May County

  • Avalon – 30th St W and Avalon Ave (Avalon Beach Patrol, 3001 Avalon Ave, Avalon NJ 08202)
  • Cape May
    • Nature Center of Cape May (1600 Delaware Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204)
    • 2nd Avenue Beach (Jetty Motel: 2nd Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204) Sponsored by OceanFirst Foundation
  • North Wildwood – Hereford Inlet Beach (Gazebo at 1st Ave and Surf Ave)
  • Ocean City – Ocean City Music Pier (825 Boardwalk. Ocean City, NJ 08226)
  • Sea Isle City – JFK Blvd & Promenade This cleanup will be held on 10/9
  • Stone Harbor – 95th Street Beach
  • Villas – Beach at Village Rd and Bay Dr
  • Wildwood Crest – Centennial Park (6700 Atlantic Ave., Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260)

New Jersey Beach Cleanups in Essex County

  • Glen Ridge/Montclair
    • Glenfield Park (meet at park entrance at Woodland Avenue and Pierson Place)
    • “The Glen” (at Bloomfield and Ridgewood Avenue)
Old Bridge Waterfront Park is one of the locations for the New Jersey Beach Cleanups

New Jersey Beach Cleanups in Middlesex County

  • South Amboy – Raritan Bay Waterfront Park (201 John T O’Leary Blvd, South Amboy, NJ 08879)

New Jersey Beach Cleanups in Monmouth County

  • Aberdeen -Fisherman’s Parking Lot at Cliffwood Beach (967 Ocean Blvd, Aberdeen Twp NJ; across from Veteran’s Memorial Park)
  • Asbury Park –
    • Convention Hall -North End of Convention Hall at Boardwalk (1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712) Sponsored by Slalom and Cohen Water Initiative
    • 1st Ave Beach (820 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712)
  • Atlantic Highlands – First Ave Beach (Seastreak parking lot)
  • Avon-by-the-Sea – Avon Pavilion at Norwood & Ocean (North End of the Beach)
  • Belmar –
    • 3rd Avenue Beach (3rd Ave & Boardwalk)Sponsored by American Council of Engineering Companies of New Jersey
    • 16th Avenue Beach (1601 Ocean Avenue, Belmar, New Jersey, 07719)
  • Bradley Beach – Gazebo on Ocean Ave & 5th Ave
  • Deal – Hathaway Ave
  • Highlands
    • Popamora Point (369 Shore Dr, Highlands NJ 07732)
    • Snug Harbor (22 Snug Harbor Ave, Highlands NJ 07732)
  • Keansburg – Batting Cages at Beachway (2 Raritan Avenue, Keansburg NJ)
  • Keyport – Cedar Street Park (53 Cedar St, Keyport NJ 07735)
  • Loch Arbour & Allenhurst – Euclid Avenue (99 Ocean Place, Loch Arbour, NJ)
  • Long Branch –
    • Brighton Ave Beach (639 Ocean Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740)
    • Madison Ave Beach (1 Madison Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740)
    • Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Beach Entrance at Joline Ave (1 Joline Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740)
  • Manasquan – Main Street Beach (East Main Street and beachfront) Sponsored by Manasquan Bank
  • Middletown Township
    • Bayshore Waterfront Park (719 Port Monmouth Rd, Port Monmouth NJ 07758)
    • Ideal Beach (4 Ocean Avenue, Middletown, NJ)
    • Leonardo Public Beach South (1 Concord Avenue & the beach. North side of Leonardo State Marina Launch ramp)
  • Monmouth Beach – Monmouth Beach Cultural Center (128 Ocean Avenue, Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750)
  • Ocean Grove – Boardwalk Pavilion
  • Red Bank – Maple Cove (end of Maple Avenue)
  • Rumson – Municipal Boat Ramp (9 Ave of Two Rivers, Rumson, NJ 07760)
  • Sandy Hook – Lot D (Per NPS policy, masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in all NPS buildings including restrooms and in crowded outdoor spaces. For more information visit
  • Sea Bright
    • Anchorage Public Beach (north of Sea Bright Bridge, 909 Ocean Ave, Sea Bright, NJ, 07760)
    • BeachWalk Hotel (344 Ocean Ave, Sea Bright, NJ 07760)
    • Sea Bright Public Beach Pavilion (1097 Ocean Ave, Sea Bright, NJ 07760)
  • Sea Girt – Boardwalk at Beacon Blvd
  • Spring Lake – North End Pavilion (2000 Ocean Avenue, Spring Lake, NJ 07762
  • Union Beach – Florence Ave & Front St. Sponsored by Vantage Apparel

New Jersey Beach Cleanups in Ocean County

  • Bay Head – Beach House Classic Boardshop (517 Main Ave, Bay Head NJ 08742)
  • Berkeley Twp – 24th Ave Bayside in South Seaside Park (267 24th Ave, Seaside Park NJ 08752)
  • Brick
    • Brick Beach 1 (331 Route 35 North, Brick, NJ)
    • Brick Beach 3 (440 Route 35 North, Brick, NJ) Sponsored by Manasquan Bank
    • Windward Beach Park (265 Princeton Ave, Brick, NJ)
  • Island Beach State Park – Bathing Pavilion #1 (Central Ave, Seaside Park, NJ 08752)
  • Lavallette – Philadelphia Ave Beach
  • Long Beach Island – Wally’s Restaurant in Surf City (712 Long Beach Blvd, Surf City NJ 08008) In partnership with Alliance for a Living Ocean
  • Mantoloking – Lyman St Beach (1021 Ocean Ave, Mantoloking, NJ 08738)
  • Ocean Gate – Ocean Gate Beach
  • Point Pleasant – Maxson Ave Beach (end of Maxson Ave near Riverfront Park)
  • Point Pleasant Beach –
    • Jenkinson’s Aquarium on the Boardwalk (300 Boardwalk, Pt Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742)Sponsored by Jenkinson’s Boardwalk and Aquarium and OceanFirst Foundation
    • Maryland Avenue Sponsored by Baine Contracting
  • Seaside Heights – Grant Ave
  • Seaside Park –
    • 2nd Ave Beach (2nd Ave & Boardwalk, Seaside Park NJ 08752) Sponsored by 1st Constitution Bank
    • Midway Beach at 6th Ln
    • Stockton Ave Beach (Stockton Ave & Boardwalk, Seaside Park NJ 08752)
  • Toms River –
    • Brown’s Woods Preserve (meet at Save Barnegat Bay Office: 117 Haines Road Toms River, NJ 08753) In partnership with Save Barnegat Bay
    • Normandy Beach at 6th Ave
    • Ortley Beach at 3rd Ave (St. Elisabeth’s Chapel – 5 3rd Ave, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751)
  • West Creek – Stafford Forge Wildlife Management Area (39.667208, -74.319308) This cleanup will be held on Sunday 10/24
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 October date? Watch this space for a date for the Spring 2022 COA Beach Sweep.

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Monday 18th of October 2021

Our Marine Science Club members would love to do a beach clean up! Are there any coming up ?

Jennifer Auer

Tuesday 19th of October 2021

There is one this Saturday, October 23, 2021. - Jenn

Kathleen Belding

Friday 7th of May 2021

I would like to help clean up beaches in south Jersey Atlantic County I work full time so I need to know what days I can help thanks

Jennifer Auer

Friday 7th of May 2021

Check in with the organization. Most of their beach clean ups happen on weekends, but if you can't make those days they probably have another way you can help. - Jenn


Tuesday 13th of April 2021

I walk along the shorelines in the summer months. Many times I pick up garbage as I am walking. I feel more people would do the same except there is no place to dispose the garbage. I suggest that each Lifeguard chair have a garbage bag labeled TRASH so that more people would clean our beaches.

Jennifer Auer

Tuesday 13th of April 2021

That's a really great idea. I find the same thing. It's really hard to find trash cans at the beach. Perhaps, they attract seagulls and that's why they don't have that many. It's the only reason I can imagine. -Jenn


Sunday 28th of March 2021

Hello, we are interested in the beach clean up. How do we sign up?

Jennifer Auer

Monday 29th of March 2021

That's great! You need to contact the organizers listed in the blog post or follow the link to register. - Jenn

Heidi Schoenemann

Saturday 18th of May 2019

How do I sign up for a beach cleanup!?

Jennifer A.

Saturday 18th of May 2019

Volunteers must register using this link ( to Clean Ocean Action. - Jenn

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