24th Annual
Source to Sea Cleanup

September 1 – 30, 2020

5 Steps to Cleaner Rivers


1.Register yourself or your cleanup group. Use the online registration form to register both new & returning cleanup groups, individuals, or family/household groups. Everyone participating in the Source to Sea Cleanup should register — your registration includes signing your waiver, a requirement to participate.

Adopt a Site Map
Map of Cleanup groups

2. Find a Cleanup Site – You’re welcome to clean anywhere you see trash. Good sites are accessible and safe.

    • For safe distancing, avoid locations where other groups will be. 
    • Need site suggestions? Check out the map of sites in need of adoption. Note the Entry ID of the site you’d like to adopt on your registration form.
    • For your reference, here’s a map showing other registered cleanup groups (updated weekly). Check this map to see where other groups are going. Make sure another group isn’t already cleaning a site you have in mind. Check the dates and times groups will be at these locations.
DIY supply tips

3.Gather Supplies – Due to limited capacity this year, we encourage individuals and small groups (5 or fewer) to consider a DIY approach and gather supplies from around your home. Check out the ‘Tips & Resources’ page for homemade suggestions! You may also seek donations of supplies from local companies or businesses.

If you need to order supplies from CRC, first complete your registration form to receive a link to the supply order form. Please fill out the supply order form at least 2 weeks before your cleanup date. Due to limited capacity this year, supply orders will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis. We will do our best to fill your request.

Download CleanSwell App:

4.Pick Up & Tally Trash! It works very well to have one volunteer record the trash items using the Clean Swell app or CRC’s Trash Tally form while others clean. Download the Clean Swell app before you head out or bring a paper copy of the Trash Tally form to fill out while you’re out there.

Dispose of Trash & Recycle! – Arrange for trash and recyclables pick up. Your town’s Department of Public Works (DPW), Parks and Recreation Dept. or local trash/recycling company may be helpful in donating these services to you. Contact them early so they can plan for the event. Apply for the Bridgestone Tire 4ward free tire recycling program if your site has many tires.

2020 Confirmed Waste Partners – Below is a list of towns willing to accept trash & recyclables as well as dumpsters available for trash disposal. Please only dispose of trash collected from the Source to Sea Cleanup. Take this coupon with you to show that your trash is from the Source to Sea Cleanup.

  • Greenfield, MA; Department of Public Works; 189 Wells Street
  • Brattleboro, VT; Windham Solid Waste Management District; 327 Old Ferry Road
  • Lebanon, NH; Department of Public Works; 193 Dartmouth College Hwy
  • Montague, MA; Department of Public Works; 11 Sandy Lane
Submit Trash Tally

5.Submit Trash Tally no later than a week after your cleanup. Please submit one Trash Tally on behalf of your whole group.

There are two ways you can submit this data to us. Choose the method that works best for you.

    • Use the Clean Swell app on your mobile device while you’re cleaning. Make sure your location services are turned on so the app can detect that you’re collecting trash in the Connecticut River region and be counted toward CRC’s trash totals. More detail on how to use the app on the Tips & Resources page.
    • OR download the paper Trash Tally Form and Tire Dating Form to fill out during your cleanup. After your cleanup, enter your data in the online form (preferred) or mail to: CRC, 15 Bank Row, Greenfield, MA 01301. Not sure how to find the date a tire was made? Watch this short video.

What’s New This Year?

COVID-19 Safety Precautions: 

  • This year, the Source to Sea Cleanup will have smaller group sizes. Rather than finding a group near you to join, please create your own group and clean up only with people you already know.
  • You can register as an individual, family/household group, or a small non-family group.
  • Due to limited capacity this year, we encourage you to consider a DIY approach and gather supplies from around your home. If you need to order supplies from CRC, fill out the supply order form at least 2 weeks before your cleanup date.
  • We ask all participants to wear proper personal protective equipment, including gloves and a mask, practice safe physical distancing, and follow mandates provided by state and U.S. health agencies.
  • Read CRC’s detailed safety guidelines for more ways to keep yourself safe.

Clean Swell App

  • NEW! This year, CRC is using a fun and user-friendly trash tally app (we’ll still have the paper option for folks who prefer).
  • More info about how to use the app is available on our Tips & Resources page.

River Witness

  • #RiverWitness is a new campaign that brings us together in taking action for and showing appreciation of our rivers, despite the need to be physically distant this year. It’s an opportunity for you to get creative and engage online by sharing your photos, videos, and stories of what you witness when you visit or connect with your rivers. Your images will be added to a beautiful mosaic showing our community of river witnesses.
  • As a #RiverWitness, you can help keep the rivers clean and lend your voice to the important advocacy work across the four Connecticut River states. Learn how you can get involved!

If you have any questions or have limited computer access and need assistance, please contact Stacey Lennard, Cleanup Coordinator at cleanup@ctriver.org or 413-772-2020 x211.

Thanks for helping to keep our rivers clean!