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!

2022 Community River Cleanups:

Saturday, March 19, 12PM – 3 PM: Lincoln Park West (Jersey City) Joint Cleanup with Hudson County Sierra Club & Friends of Lincoln Park – CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

Saturday, April 9, 9AM- 12PM: SUEZ Lake Deforest Reservoir, New City, NY

Saturday, April 30, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Michele Gillies’s Birthday, Skeetkill Creek Marsh, Ridgefield, NJ.

Saturday, July 23, 9AM – 1PM: Staib Park; Hackensack, NJ

Saturday, July 30, 9AM – 2PM: Solstice Canoe Cleanup; Laurel Hill Park, Secaucus, NJ

Saturday, August 20, 10AM – 1PM: Rutkowski Park Canoe Cleanup; Bayonne, NJ

Saturday, September 17, 10AM – 1PM: International Coastal Cleanup Day with SUEZ; Oradell Reservoir (Site Subject to change based on water level)

Saturday, October 8, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Lake Deforest Reservoir, Clarkstown, NY

Saturday, October 15, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Kenneth B. George Park, River Edge, NJ

Saturday, October 29, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Lincoln Park West, Jersey City, NJ

Sunday, November 6, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Ben Porat Yosef School, Paramus, NJ


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