Tybee Clean Beach Volunteers is a grass-roots organization made up of volunteers that sweep Tybee’s beaches free of trash on a regular basis, often weekly. We are committed to working with the City of Tybee and organizations that promote a healthy beach environment to find innovative and effective ways to reduce beach trash. We believe beach cleaning is a fun and rewarding experience for everyone, and a great way to meet other people that love a natural coastal environment. Join in!
What makes our beach cleanings different from the typical beach sweep? We don’t use plastic bags or produce any trash in the collection process; our volunteers get out on the beach regularly to conduct intensive cleanings vs. only once or twice a year in very large groups; and we often sort, count, and track every item so we know factually what has been recovered and where it came from. This helps us – and the City – to target problem areas. We also recycle most of what we recover, either through municipal recycling or, for hard to recycle items such as cigarettes, straws, bottle caps, bits of broken plastic, and snack wrappers, with our partner Terracycle. We’re proud to say that our beach trash has been in the newspaper and on TV, has attended City Council meetings and public anti-litter workshops, and has become the raw material for many trash-to-art projects. In fact, a large vitrine composed entirely of Tybee beach trash created by renowned artist Pam Longobardi was on display at Savannah’s Jepson Center for the Arts throughout 2018, and now resides in the City’s South Annex building just north of the Tybee Pier.
We hope you come join us and see firsthand how rewarding an experience it can be to remove materials that are hazardous to all marine life and are an unsightly blemish on an otherwise perfect beach.