2019 River Cleanup Program

River Cleanup

Thank you volunteers! In 2019 alone, over 1,300 of you helped us remove more than 27,000 lbs. of trash from our River at 41 cleanups! From April through November, from New York State down to Newark Bay, Hackensack Riverkeeper organizes monthly Community Cleanups on weekends  in different towns along the watershed, providing stewardship opportunities and spreading the message of a cleaner Hackensack River. We provide more opportunities during the week with local businesses, civic and school groups, and Scouts. River Cleanups are an important part of our mission to protect, preserve, and restore the Hackensack River Watershed, and we can always use more volunteers!

At River Cleanups, volunteers walk the banks of the river or board canoes to collect trash. Hackensack Riverkeeper brings all the materials needed to get the job done: bags, gloves, pickup sticks, canoes, PFDs, and refreshments. Volunteers just need to show up dressed for the outdoors, ready to work and have fun!

Wanna help us clean up our river? Review the list of upcoming River Cleanups below, 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 group- sponsored cleanup on a day of your choosing with our outreach coordinator.

If your group (Scout, school, civic group, company, etc.) would like to sponsor your own cleanup,
we are happy to coordinate one with you! We are also actively seeking local Community Partners to sponsor our monthly weekend cleanups.

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 Outreach@hackensackriverkeeper.org.

Thanks, and hope to see you at one of our activities!

2019 Community Cleanups
*check back for pictures from our awesome cleanup season! 


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