Tom's of Maine has generously agreed to be the presenting sponsor of National River Cleanup 2008.
Since its inception by America Outdoors in 1992, National River Cleanup has raised public awareness about the health of our nation's waterways and inspired people to take action for rivers. Over the years, more than 500,000 volunteers have participated in over 4,500 cleanups, covering more than 100,000 miles of waterways.
"With so many cleanups all across the country, odds are that there is one, right in your own backyard," added Wodder. "And if there isn't, there can be. Organizing a river cleanup is a tremendously rewarding experience and registering your cleanup only takes a few seconds on AmericanRivers.org.
Thanks to new tools on www.AmericanRivers.org/cleanup, registering a cleanup has never been easier. This American Rivers has increased and improved the support it gives to cleanup organizers including hosting individual cleanup event webpages for all registered cleanups, volunteer recruitment tools for organizers, a Cleanup Organizer's Handbook and the all important free trash bags. Prospective volunteers can quickly find the clean up nearest to them, sign up for the cleanup of their choice, and keep up to date with all the latest National River Cleanup news.
River cleanups are fun for all ages. Many environmental organizations, civic clubs, paddle-sports groups, federal and state agencies, and schools organize these events in their communities.
National River Cleanup 2007 Facts
- Bags of trash filled: 100,980
- Trash removed: 600 tons
- Cleanup organizers: 528
- Cleanup sites: 583
- Volunteers: 95,109
- River miles cleaned: 7,453
Notable items removed
- Toilet seats, washing machines, motorcycle, outhouse, exercise bike, propane tank, baby pool, telephone pole, lawn mower, hot tub, circular saw and tractor.
Civic leaders in attendance102 (including city council members, state representatives, mayors and even Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)
- More than 200 newspaper, radio and TV stories
Percent of organizers who plan to participate again
TRASH FACTS:Type of Litter in Rivers:
- Fast food waste (33%)
- Paper (29%)
- Aluminum (28%)
- Glass (6%)
- Plastic (2%)
- Other (2%)
American Rivers is the only national organization standing up for healthy rivers so our communities can thrive. Through national advocacy, innovative solutions and our growing network of strategic partners, we protect and promote our rivers as valuable community assets that are vital to our health, safety and quality of life. Founded in 1973, American Rivers has more than 65,000 members and online supporters nationwide, with offices in Washington, DC and the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, California and Northwest regions. www.AmericanRivers.org