Since 1989, when CSLI's founder Dave Johnson became a Site Captain for Annual Coastal Cleanup Day, we have been directing and organizing beach cleanups around Long Island. In 2005 we formally became a non-profit organization and began working with towns such as the Village of Port Jefferson, Village of Belle Terre, and Town of Brookhaven, to attain permits and create regular beach cleanup schedules year-round. Since then, we have cleaned hundreds of miles of beach and removed over 200 tons of trash from our shores, preserving the beauty of Long Island's beaches and the safety of our local marine life.
At our cleanups, we provide bags, gloves, snacks, and water for our volunteers. Our organization has a truck to pick up large items off the beach and haul them away, and a boat to pick up floating debris. We also document the type of trash we collect during each cleanup according to categories, compiling our data at the end of each year.
If you'd like to get involved, check out this year's beach cleanup schedule here under events.
The Sponsor-A-Beach Program is based on monetary donations from individuals, businesses, organizations, or government agencies. The sponsor picks a beach and CSLI organizes everything from recruiting and training volunteers, to getting permits and directing the cleanup. Please join our list of community sponsors here, we'd love to add to add your name to our list.