PRESS RELEASE: Ocean City Partners Team Up to Encourage Source Reduction by Launching ‘Protect Our Sand & Sea’ Program

Our environment is our greatest asset in Ocean City and protecting our ocean, beach and bay is critical in preserving its beauty. With an estimated 12 million metric tons of plastic pollution flooding into our oceans each year, it’s imperative that we end the flow of plastic on land and sea. Recycling alone is simply never going to solve this problem, which is why the Ocean City Green Team is taking on plastic pollution at its source.

The work to reduce plastic pollution was kicked off in 2018 by the Surfrider Foundation’s -Ocean City Chapter “Strawless Summer” initiative. This overwhelmingly successful campaign focused on reducing plastic straw consumption by pledging to not use plastic straws. To date, 70 restaurants and 500 individuals have signed the pledge.

The Ocean City Green Team with Maryland Coastal Bays Program as the lead, is taking source reduction one step further with the “Protect Our Sand and Sea” campaign aimed at Ocean City restaurants. This is an elective and eco-friendly program that promotes your business if you voluntarily commit to use fewer plastic products by making a pledge or five.


Download Our Sand and Seas Pledge Registration

Please submit your pledge registration to [email protected]

The following businesses have signed the pledge and are committed to a healthier environment by reducing the amount of single-use plastics entering our bays and oceans.

Please visit these participating businesses in support of a waste-free Ocean City!

Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill

Satellite Cafe

Belly Busters

Shrimp Boat

Tipsy Tikis

Liquid Assets

Longboard Cafe

Dry 85 OC

Red Red Wine Bar OC

Real Raw Organics Kombucha Brewery & Cafe

Sello’s Italian Oven & Bar

OC Wasabi

Mug & Mallet

Malia’s Cafe

Ocean 13

Three Anchors

Mother’s Cantina

Barn 34

The Hobbit Restaurant

Finnigan’s Irish Pub & Eatery

Pickles Pub

Brass Balls Saloon

Smoker’s BBQ Pit

Backshore Brewing Co.

Fish Tales Bar & Grill

West-O Bottle Shop & Bar

OC Organics/Pablo’s Bowls

Casita Linda Mexican Bakery & Cafe

Seacrets Jamaica USA


Satellite Coffee Shop