River Cleanup Program

River Cleanup

Every year from March through November, from New York State down to Newark Bay, Hackensack Riverkeeper’s River Cleanup Program mobilizes over 1,000 volunteers and removes over 27,000 lbs. of trash from our watershed. Want to help us achieve a cleaner, healthier Hackensack River? Roll up your sleeves and join us!

Individuals and small groups are invited to join us at our monthly Community River Cleanups, which take place on weekends in different communities along our watershed. We are always looking for more volunteers and more spots in need of a cleanup!

Does your company, school group, Scout troop, or club want to sponsor/partner on a river cleanup? Give us a call at 201-968-0808 or email outreach@hackensackriverkeeper.org. We will coordinate a date, time, and location with you and bring all the materials, in exchange for a donation to help us sustain this important program.

Otherwise all you need to do to become a Hackensack Riverkeeper volunteer is come to one of our Community Cleanups. Start by registering for one (or more!) of the cleanups listed below. By registering, you help give us an idea of how many volunteers to expect, and we’ll know how to contact you in the event our cleanup is postponed or canceled. As more details are finalized for each cleanup, they will become clickable links to register.

Come dressed for the outdoors in clothes you can get dirty. We’ll bring everything else: gloves, bags, pickup sticks, canoes, paddles, PFDs, and pizza! All ages are welcome, but all children must be supervised. For safety reasons, only adults and/or minors whose parents can vouch for their canoeing experience may use our boats. Thanks for volunteering, and we’ll see you by the river!

2020 Community River Cleanups:

Saturday, March 28, 10am – 2pm: Lincoln Park Cleanup, West Park Drive, Jersey City

Saturday, April 25, 9am-1pm: “Bi-State Watershed Cleanup” Multiple locations, TBA!

Saturday, April 25, 9am-1pm: “Slam Dunk the Junk”, 102 State Street, Hackensack

Saturday, May 9, 10am-2pm: River Edge Cleanup, Kenneth B. George Park, River Edge

Saturday, June 20: “Solstice Cleanup”, Laurel Hill Park, Laurel Hill Road, Secaucus

Sunday, July 19, 9am-1pm: Foschini Park, 278 River St., Hackensack

Sunday, August 23, 8:30am-12:30pm: Rutkowski Park Cleanup, 440 South, Bayonne

Saturday, September 19, 10am-2pm, International Coastal Cleanup, Oradell Reservoir, Closter

Saturday, September 26, Lincoln Park W Cleanup, Jersey City

Saturday, October 10, 1 pm – 4 pm, River Edge Fall Cleanup, Kenneth P. George Park, River Edge, NJ

Sunday, October 25, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, 8th Annual Bi-State Cleanup, Woodcliff Lake Reservoir, Hillside, NJ

Sunday, November 1, 12pm-3pm: Mitzvah Day Cleanup, Ben Porat Yosef Yeshiva, Paramus, NJ


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