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Blue Friday

November 27, 2020

In partnership with United by Blue and the Inland Ocean Coalition Washington DC’s Chapter, we invite you to Blue Friday! Blue Friday is a DIY Cleanup Campaign to encourage everyone to participate in a trash clean-up.

  • When: November 27, 2020 for one hour at any time
  • Where: Anywhere! You can clean-up your backyard, your neighborhood, hiking trails, etc.
  • Why: Join in a collective impact environmental action to focus on sustainability rather than consumerism.
  • Who: Anyone!
  • How: Bring a trash bag, gloves, and a buddy and fill out this data card while you clean. The clean-up should last one full hour. Post a photo to your social media channels and tag @UnitedbyBlue, @DCChapterIOC, and @SurfriderDC so we can repost you!

Please register for the event at this link and send your photos to DCOceanCoalition@gmail.com. 

Here are some tips to carry out a safe solo clean-up:

Data Collection:

  • Use this online data form.
  • To weigh your trash and recycling at the end of the clean-up, use a hand scale, bathroom scale, or estimate.

Separate and Dispose Waste Properly:

  • Familiarize yourself with what is recyclable in your area
  • Use separate bags for recycling and trash
  • Dispose of waste at home – you may be fined for dumping trash in public waste bins
  • Recycling cannot be disposed of in a plastic bag. Empty your collection bag of recycling into the recycling bin.

Health and Safety: 

  • Cleanups should occur individually or in small groups as allowed by local COVID-19 regulations. 
  • Wear a face mask at all times and stay socially-distanced. 
  • Wear thick gloves and closed-toe shoes at all times when cleaning up. 
  • Select a cleanup location that is permitted within their local COVID-19 guidelines. Outdoor areas where people can spread out are recommended. 
  • Do not touch “sharps” when cleaning up (broken glass, needles, etc.). 
  • Be aware of your surroundings and personal capabilities when cleaning in natural areas, along water, or in neighborhoods.

If you have additional questions, you can read our blog on Resources for a Successful Solo Clean-Up and/or email Megan at cleanup@dc.surfrider.org.


Megan McDaniels, Cleanup Chair