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Posted on: April 6, 2023

Invest in Your Planet! The Great Islands Clean-up is on Earth Day, April 22!

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. April 6, 2023 - Join your fellow islanders for the 2023 Spring Great Islands Clean-up on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. During this event, participants of all ages can sign-up to collect trash on a designated beach or road, then bring your trash to a central meeting spot to be counted. 

“This year, we’re rallying behind the message: Invest in Our Planet, which highlights the importance of dedicating our time, resources, and energy to solving environmental issues,” says Katie Fleming, San Juan County’s Solid Waste Coordinator. “Every little bit helps – hundreds of volunteers collect thousands of pounds of trash during this bi-annual event in the islands each spring and fall.”

Visit to see the details for San Juan, Orcas, Shaw, and Lopez Islands. Tag your clean-up adventures on Facebook and Instagram with #GICU2023 or send them to

The Great Islands Clean-up is a bi-annual event held every Spring and Fall, coordinated by the County’s Department of Environmental Stewardship Solid Waste Program in cooperation with Orcas Recycling Services, Lautenbach Recycling, Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District, San Juan Sanitation, Friends of the San Juans, the Stewardship Network of the San Juans, and many other individual, business and service group volunteers. It's funded with support from the WA Department of Ecology’s Community Litter Cleanup Program.

Media Contact: Katie Fleming, Solid Waste Coordinator,, 360-762-5821

About San Juan County’s Department of Environmental Stewardship   

San Juan County’s Department of Environmental Stewardship is responsible for solid waste, marine resources, clean water, cultural resources, and climate and sustainability work.  The department offices are located at 915 Spring Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. For more information about San Juan County’s Department of Environmental Stewardship, visit


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