What to Expect at a River Cleanup (Printable PDF)
Most river cleanups last about two hours and begin with a brief discussion on safety and potential hazards during the cleanup. All volunteers will be required to sign our LL&W 2017 Volunteer Waiver prior to participating in an LL&W event. From there, volunteers load up into LL&W work boats, piloted by the LL&W crew, and head out to the pre-designated garbage sites along the shorelines and islands of the river. Once there, the search for garbage is on. With trash bags and shovels in hand, volunteers scour the area in search of plastic bottles, barrels, tires, appliances and other debris which is then carted to a centralized location. After the site has been cleaned, everyone loads back up into the boats and heads back. Lunch will be provided before or after the cleanup, depending on the time of the event. Remember we’ll be outside and getting dirty!
A few suggestions of what to wear or bring:
- Boots or old athletic shoes
- Long pants
- Loose clothing for hot weather
- Layers of warm clothes during early spring or late fall cleanups
- A Hat
- Sunglasses or protective eye wear
- Do not wear open-toed shoes, shorts, or dangling jewelry
- Refillable water bottle
Also, there are certain risks involved with participating in a river cleanup event. You may want to reconsider if:
- You have a heart condition
- You are pregnant
- You are highly allergic to poison ivy, bee stings, etc.
- You have back or knee issues
- Low tolerance for extreme cold or high heat and humidity
- If you still wish to participate and suffer from any of the above conditions, you must bring all necessary medicines such as EpiPens, nitroglycerin pills, Benadryl, etc
We will provide you (unless you wish to bring your own) with gloves, life jackets, drinking water (please bring a refillable bottle if you’d like), sunscreen and insect repellant.