“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

Even Small Actions Make a Positive Difference: Beach Clean Ups


Washed Ashore organizes regular beach clean ups on the Oregon coast, mostly in the areas surrounding Bandon.

Following our successful January 2019 beach clean up (over 500 lbs of trash picked up!), Washed Ashore is hosting another beach clean up in April. With all the winter storms, a lot of marine debris and trash washes up onto the beaches this time of year.

We are seeking volunteers to help with the beach clean up at Cape Blanco State Park. The date will be Saturday, April 13, at 1:00 P.M.

Please RSVP in advance if you would like to volunteer for this clean up. Email our staff today! You can also ask questions or inquire to be added to the list for future announcements about beach clean ups.

People working together CAN create results. This project proves it! Almost every day, people drop off their collected beach debris at the Artula Institute for Arts and Environmental Education.

Since our launch in 2010:

  • 90% of marine debris is petroleum based
  • 95% of all debris collected is used in the artwork
  • 300+ miles of beaches cleaned
  • 70+ sculptures have been created
  • 38,000 pounds of marine debris has been processed
  • 14,000+ hours have been contributed by volunteers
  • 10,000+ volunteers have participated

Turning Ocean Debris Into Works of Art





We collect trash that has been removed from beaches through volunteer community cleanups. This trash is then washed, sorted and prepared for the creation process. Each sculpture is designed and directed by a professional artist and then formed through a collaboration of Washed Ashore team members, volunteers and students.

A work of art is born. From tons of plastic pollution, monumental sculptures have arisen to awaken the hearts and minds of viewers to the marine debris crisis.

Our art pieces and educational programs travel the nation to inspire change in consumer habits.