24th Annual Yuba River Cleanup

The Yuba River Cleanup is back!  This year, we are using lessons learned in 2020 to build a stronger more resilient cleanup that will impact even more of the Yuba River watershed.  

Though SYRCL’s River Ambassadors have been hard at work this summer to remind visitors to pack it out and recycle at Highway 49, Bridgeport, and Purdon, there is much more of our watershed that needs attention and help!   

SYRCL is hosting the 24th Annual Yuba River Cleanup from September 11 through the 18, 2021.  From Saturday to Saturday, volunteers will be helping to remove trash from trails and beaches by choosing from a Self-Guided Cleanup or joining us on Sept 18th for our official community-wide Yuba River Cleanup from 9-1pm.

River Cleanup volunteers make a huge difference in the health of our watershed. Over the past 20 years, the Yuba River Cleanup has removed more than 120 tons of garbage and recycling from the river. This cleanup effort augments our education and outreach efforts that promote river safety and etiquette to river-goers.

The Yuba River Cleanup is part of a larger cleanup effort, California Coastal Cleanup Day, which started in 1985 and is the largest volunteer event in the state. 

PLEASE NOTE: Tahoe National Forest is closed to the public. Please no trespassing unless granted access by USFS. 

2021: Take Part in the Hybrid River Cleanup

Self-Guided Cleanup

September 11-17th

Gather your friends and family for an enjoyable walk at the river while removing trash and recycling.  Volunteers can choose from sites on public lands throughout the week. Pick up what trash and recycling you can, then report back to SYRCL what is left for the next volunteer shift. Cleanup supply pickup and trash drop-off will be available at the SYRCL office from 9-5pm.


Yuba River Cleanup Day

Saturday, September 18th

From 9am-1pm, we are organizing our traditional cleanup where participants can join a team of volunteers to tackle sites needing more care.  A site leader will be present at each site with supplies.

During the Cleanup stay on the lookout for unique trash that might give you a win! This year’s trash or treasure categories will be: Most Useful Find, Most Historical Find, Most Unusual Find and Most Fashionable Find. Winners of each category receive a prize and a shout out on our social media.

So what are you waiting for? Start your registration today by
determining which site is best for you and your group. 

Yuba River Cleanup Site Map

This site is fairly flat and easily accessible, and would be a good option for families with small children.

This site may require hiking through rocky and uneven terrain. Not recommended for small children.

Questions?  SYRCL is here to help.

If you are having trouble viewing information, registering, have questions about sites or want to tell us about a watershed location needing cleaning, please contact Daniel Belshe, Community Engagement Manager, at daniel@yubariver.org or 530-265-5961 ext. 201.

Thanks to our entire community of river volunteers who helped make last year’s 2020 Yuba River Cleanup a success. Even during COVID quarantine, we removed more than 6,000 lbs of trash and recycling from the Yuba and Bear watersheds with the help of 700 dedicated volunteers. We hope 2021 will be another successful year.