Thank you to all of our volunteers, group leaders, sponsors, and friends, for working together to tackle the trash challenge throughout the Connecticut River watershed. A sample of this year’s stats:
- Over 1200 volunteers fanned out in all four river states. What a team effort!
- 127 registered Cleanup groups (plus dozens of others who went out on their own)
- 34.06 tons of trash diverted from rivers & streams
- 12,399 beverage containers – comprised of plastic, glass, and aluminum cans
- 7803 pounds of scrap metal
See the full impact of our collective efforts in the 2022 Cleanup Chronicle!
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We look forward to seeing this fall at Cleanup 2023!
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How To Get Involved
Each fall, thousands of volunteers of all ages and abilities come together to do their part and spend a few hours making the water cleaner, the river banks safer, and the wildlife happier. The first step for all volunteers is to complete our registration form and waiver.
Once you have completed the registration and waiver, you will receive an email with additional instructions for site selection. There are a few different ways to get involved:
Group leaders serve a critical role in our annual Cleanup. With the support of our team, they:
- Identify a cleanup site on our Adopt a Site Map or choose your own site in your area
- Recruit, register, and organize volunteers — you can choose to keep your group private (just family and friends) or public (open to the wider community)
- Prepare DIY cleaning supplies or order items from us
- Oversee the tracking of all trash collected using our Trash Tally form or the CleanSwell app
- Make a plan for trash and recycling disposal
- Host a post-cleanup celebration with your team (optional)
If you’re most excited about cleaning, but less interested in organizing the details, you can join us as a Group Volunteer.
- Visit the Registered Groups map and sign up with a group you know or find a group accepting volunteers
- Stay in touch with your Group Leader to find out when/where to arrive and what to bring
- Assist with Trash Tally and help your Group Leader dispose of all trash and recycling
Other Ways to Get Involved
Even if you’re not available during the Cleanup weekend, there are lots of ways to provide support:
- Be a Trash Scout or a #RiverWitness — Help our team identify cleanup sites by adding them to our map or documenting problem areas
- Volunteer to help pack and/or deliver supplies to local groups — Email us to get involved
- Incorporate Source to Sea Cleanup in your curriculum – If you’re an educator, you can connect your students to the Cleanup by registering a group and/or incorporating these themes into your curriculum.
- Become a Sponsor
For more information about the Cleanup, contact Stacey Lennard, Cleanup Coordinator, at email@example.com or 413-772-2020 x211.
Thanks for helping to keep our rivers clean!
CRC’s Source to Sea Cleanup has teamed up with Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup and American Rivers National River Cleanup, for cleaner waterways around the U.S. and the world.