Join a global movement to keep beaches, waterways and the ocean trash free. Head out to your favorite beach and use the app to easily record each item of trash you collect. Then share your effort with family and friends.

With Clean Swell, simply “Start Collecting” trash wherever you are around the world and the data you collect will instantaneously upload to Ocean Conservancy’s global ocean trash database. These data deliver a global snapshot of ocean trash, providing researchers and policy-makers insight to inform solutions. Join the thousands of International Coastal Cleanup® volunteers who are working for a cleaner ocean by picking up the millions of pounds of trash that wash onto beaches around the world. Even check out your Cleanup history, so anytime, anywhere you can see the impact you’ve had on making our ocean a cleaner and healthier ecosystem.

* Record every item of trash you collect.
* Share your Cleanup results and impact with friends via Facebook, Twitter, and email.
* Track the location of your Cleanup (only if you have enabled GPS or Location on your device) and your total distance cleaned.
* See the total weight of the trash you collect.
* Keep a historical record of your Cleanup efforts.
* Create ocean trash solutions by contributing to a global database and helping to identify trends.
* Learn scientific facts about the impact of trash on ocean animals and what you can do to help.
Once you download Clean Swell, you will need a valid email address to set up a Clean Swell Account. Your privacy is very important to us, so rest assured that we’ll always keep your details secure.

What’s New

Version 1.8.10

Enhancements include an adjustment for easier scrolling on the collection screen, minor text fixes and the capability for photos taken while using the app to automatically be saved to the phone’s photos.

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

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


No good for mass entry/large groups

We had volunteers who mentally kept track of their stats, and then were planning to just enter their data into the app all at once at the end of the cleanup, not realizing the app only allows you to click "+" for every single piece of trash that was collected. It's rather tedious to sit there and enter 255 bottle caps...It should give you both options: a counter for entering as you go, but it should also include a drop down/blank to allow you to just enter the total number of each trash item collected, afterwards (for those who don't want to hold their phones while they're picking up trash, especially while near water...).

We also didn't like how we couldn't link our smaller groups together, so that we could easily get the overall stats for our cleanup efforts.

If the app stays the same, then for next year's cleanup we're just going back to writing our stats down on data cards.


Ocean Conservancy
38.7 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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