Clean Swell 4+

Ocean Conservancy

Designed for iPad

    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings
    • Free



Join a global movement to keep beaches, waterways and our ocean trash free!

Clean Swell® makes it easy for anyone to make an impact. When you head out to clean up in your neighborhood, beach, or park use Clean Swell to be a part of long-lasting solutions. With this app you can easily record each item of trash you collect, which helps scientists and advocates around the world tackle ocean trash at a global scale. Clean Swell makes it easy for you to become a champion for our ocean with ways to get involved in our Action Center and share your work with your friends and family.

Join thousands of International Coastal Cleanup® volunteers who are working for a cleaner ocean by picking up millions of pounds of trash each year. Simply open Clean Swell and “Start Collecting” trash wherever you are around the world. The data you collect will instantaneously upload to Ocean Conservancy’s global ocean trash database. Anytime, anywhere, you can use Clean Swell to see the impact you’ve had on our ocean and get involved in the fight for trash free seas.

With Clean Swell you can:

* Record every item of trash you collect and share with scientists and policy-makers around the world.
* Share your Cleanup results and impact with friends via social media.
* Become an ocean advocate with action alerts and helpful blogs in our Action Center.
* See the total weight of the trash you collect, track the location of your cleanup (only if you have enabled GPS or Location on your device) and see your total distance cleaned.
* See your overall impact on our ocean with a complete historical record of your cleanup efforts.

Once you download Clean Swell, you will need a valid email address to set up an account. Your privacy is very important to us, so rest assured that we’ll always keep your details secure.

What’s New

Version 2.0.11

Authentication updates for persisted logins and background refresh.

We are always improving our app. If you run into any troubles with Clean Swell, let us know at We are here to help!

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

quest1290 ,

Better than ever!

I’ve always loved doing cleanups at the beach or my local park with Clean Swell, and the new update makes it even better! The interface is really clean and easy to used and the Take Action page has great articles about plastic pollution and ways to get involved beyond cleaning up.

I think it’s so cool that everything I collect can be used for scientific research to help prevent plastic pollution in the first place!

Mastamule ,

Great app, getting errors

This app is great and makes cleanups more accessible by providing an easy-to-use interface to record and share data. However, I encountered a glitch where my data was lost while recording yesterday, losing hundreds of recorded items from a multi hour long stretch. Further, I cannot log in to the app today, getting errors stating “Registration error” and “location error”. I would love to have access to my data, and would also enjoy an event by event summary of material collected and total weight to allow for comparison of trash encountered in different places. Otherwise, this is a wonderful app and a great tool to add to any conservationist’s toolkit!

Missingmymusic ,

Have to enter as you go or it closes you out

Really sad. Collected about 30 Lbs of trash at a beach this morning and a stranger came up and told me about the app. Was so excited to try it out I went to a different beach for sunset to do a bit more collecting. It’s too windy and cold to enter each point as I go, and honestly annoying to enter ever lid as I pick it up, so I put my phone in my pocket as i walk and expect I’ll tally my garbage in my garage at home. Was super sad when I got back to the car and found that the app had terminated my collection after inactivity! And you can’t edit the collection after it’s been submitted. I want to participate in citizen science so badly, but the app is going to skew participants away from people like me that hike the beach and collect for fun on the side. I won’t sacrifice my hike to collect data, and I’m a scientist for my job. Field work is messy and inconvenient. An inability to edit your collection after or “be inactive” while you keep your hands warm or your phone away from water diminishes the utility of this app and accuracy of these data. It also said I walked 3.25 miles, and I definitely only walked 1-1.5 according to my Fitbit, which is probably overestimating already. What this app is trying to do is interesting and important, but I’m hoping for improvements

App Privacy

The developer, Ocean Conservancy, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Contact Info

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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