SOLVE — a nonprofit originally known as Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism, or SOLV — will welcome thousands of volunteers ready to rid the entire Oregon coast of trash on Saturday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Marine debris not only affects wildlife and the environment, but also our economy. And everyone has a role they can play in helping,” said Joy Irby, SOLVE’s program coordinator.

Last year, Irby said, 4,000 volunteers removed nearly 28 tons of debris from the coastline.

“That’s equivalent to about five orca whales,” she said.

Discarded items such as cigarette butts and tiny bits of plastic, flow into rivers and streams and eventually reach the Pacific Ocean, where they can be toxic to marine life.

“By helping to remove litter, you are taking an active role in minimizing this threat and giving back to Oregon’s beaches,” said Irby.

Since the first Oregon beach cleanup in 1984, more than 220,000 SOLVE volunteers have removed an estimated 2.8 million pounds of debris from the coast, equaling the weight of three Boeing 747 jumbo jets, according to Irby, who added that without the tradition of these twice-annual beach cleanups, the impact on wildlife and human health would be much greater.

“I have seen first-hand many times the power of a community uniting through involvement,” said Mark Saelens, SOLVE zone captain for the Lincoln City area’s beach cleanups. “The real tangible change is right here in our own communities, and we can all make a difference working together.”

To learn more, or to volunteer at the SOLVE Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup, visit or call 503-844-9571.

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