Beach Sweep/River Sweep: It happens in September

Volunteers for the 2014 River Sweep on the Congaree

Beach Sweep/River Sweep is the annual cleanup of South Carolina's beaches and waterways. Each year, it happens the 3rd Saturday of September and includes thousands of South Carolinians who volunteer to clear trash from our beaches, rivers, lakes, creeks, and wetlands.

Beach Sweep/River Sweep is an annual event for South Carolina since 1988, it’s organized by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium in partnership with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, and it takes place in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy.

2021 Inland Sweep Results Reported

SC Sea Grant Consortium

Volunteer for the Sweep

Would you like to be a part of this year's Beach Sweep/River Sweep? Anyone can participate, including businesses, civic clubs, recreation clubs, individuals, families, school groups, church groups, and youth groups. Volunteers select any river, lake, swamp, beach, creek, or marsh area they wish to clean. You may participate as a regular volunteer or as a site captain. Site captains are the volunteers who organize and lead a local cleanup effort, large or small. Regular volunteers are those who come out to pick up the trash. Site captains may register online and regular volunteers may contact and offer help to the site captains already registered and listed under cleanup sites.

Find out more. Go to:

Site Captains

Cleanup Sites

Contact us

For additional information about how you can participate in Beach Sweep/River Sweep, please contact us: