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Posted on: September 12, 2023

Fall 2023 Great Islands Clean-Up

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. September 12, 2023 - Join your fellow islanders for the 2023 Fall Great Islands Clean-up, happening on Saturday, September 30. This bi-annual event invites participants of all ages to make a positive impact on our environment by signing up to collect trash along designated beLarge plastic debris from GICU cleanup 4-22-23aches and roads. The collected trash will be brought to a central meeting spot for counting and proper disposal.

The 2023 Fall Great Islands Clean-Up promises to be an inspiring day of community unity, environmental stewardship, and collective action. Don't miss this opportunity to make a lasting impact and help protect the beauty of the San Juan Islands.

“The Great Islands Clean-Up is a fantastic opportunity for our community to unite and address the global issue of plastic pollution,” said Katie Fleming, San Juan County’s Solid Waste Coordinator. “Last spring, we saw the incredible dedication of 301 volunteers who collected an impressive 4,574 pounds of trash. Let's make this fall's event even more impactful!”  

This event is coordinated by San Juan County’s Department of Environmental Stewardship Solid Waste Program, in collaboration with dedicated partners including 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 numerous other individual business and service group volunteers. This event is supported, in part, by the Washington State Department of Ecology Community Litter Cleanup Program. 

Share your clean-up adventures and spread the word on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #GICU2023. You can also share your experiences via email at Visit to see the details for the San Juan, Orcas, Shaw, and Lopez Islands events. 

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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