River Cleanup

Roll up your sleeves! Our River Cleanup Program mobilizes hundreds of volunteers to remove tons of garbage from the river each season, from April through November. From New York State down to Newark Bay, Hackensack Riverkeeper organizes monthly Community Cleanups in different towns along the watershed, providing stewardship opportunities and spreading the message of a clean Hackensack River. River Cleanups are an important part of our mission to protect, preserve, and restore the Hackensack River Watershed, and could always use more help!

At River Cleanups, volunteers can either comb the banks of the river for trash, or board canoes to collect floatables (conditions permitting). Hackensack Riverkeeper brings all the materials needed to get the job done: bags, gloves, and pickup sticks; canoes, paddles, and PFDs (personal flotation devices); hip waders, nets, a water cooler, and pizza. Volunteers need only dress for the outdoors, wear sturdy shoes, and bring bug and sun protection. Reusable water bottles suggested!

To get started, review the list of upcoming River Cleanups, and consider registering for one (or more!). Individuals, families, and small groups are welcome. There is no minimum age to participate, however we do ask that all children be supervised, and that only adults paddle our canoes. Got a really big group? Consider coordinating a sponsored cleanup with our outreach coordinator, Caitlin!

If your group (Scout, school, civic group, company, etc.) would like to sponsor a cleanup on a date and location of your choosing, we are happy to coordinate one with you! We are also actively seeking Community Partners to sponsor our monthly cleanups with the community.

For more information on the River Program, sponsorship, a particular activity, or if you have other questions, please don’t hesitate to call Caitlin at 201-968-0808 or email

Thanks, and hope to see you at one of our river cleanups! See you on the river!

2018 Community Cleanups

Click through for more information and registration, as it becomes available.

Saturday, April 14, 9am-1pm, Woodcliff Lake Reservoir Cleanup: WCL Train Station, Woodcliff Lake, NJ

Saturday, April 28, 10am-2pm, Bi-State Watershed Cleanup: Lake DeForest, New City, NY

Saturday, April 28, 9am-12pm, Slam Dunk The Junk Cleanup: Staib Park, Hackensack, NJ

Saturday, May 12, 8am-12pm, Kenneth B. George Park Cleanup: River Edge, NJ

*CANCELLED* Saturday, June 23, 2pm-6pm, Solstice Cleanup: Laurel Hill County Park, Secaucus

Sunday, July 22, 9am-12pm, Mackay Park Cleanup: Mackay Park, Englewood, NJ

Sunday, August 26, 9am-1pm, Rutkowski Park Cleanup: Bayonne, NJ 

Saturday, Sept. 8, 10am-2pm, International Coastal Cleanup, Woodcliff Lake Reservoir, Woodcliff Lake, NJ

Sunday Sept. 30, 10am-2pm, Overpeck County Park Cleanup, Palisades Park, NJ

Sunday, Oct. 7, 8am-1pm, River SWEEP

** NEW DATE**: SUNDAY, Oct. 28, 9am-12pm, Slam Dunk the Junk II Cleanup, HACPAC, Hackensack, NJ

Sunday, Nov. 4, 12pm-3pm, Van Saun Brook Cleanup, Ben Porat Yosef School, Paramus, NJ


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