GARBAGE SCOW

As a GARBAGE SCOW you have an important role, and we truly thank you for volunteering! Please read over the complete description below to know what your duties entail!

GARBAGE SCOWS ARE REQUIRED TO:

  • First and foremost, please make sure you are able to commit to volunteer from 9:00am-4:00pm on the day of the event.
  • Check-in at whichever park you pre-registered for (located at registration table by boat ramp) between 7:30am-8:00am, sign your waiver, get wristband, mesh bags, etc.
  • Provide and row an oar raft or drift boat that can be used to haul garbage to the take-out (we will provide a tarp for your boat and a 5-gallon bucket to collect broken glass)
  • Coordinate transportation to and from put-in and take-out
  • Bring what you need! This is a full day in the river. We recommend sunscreen, change of clothes, lots of snacks, water, cell phone, and anything else you may need!
  • Please read Event Details/Schedule fully before you arrive at your park site for the day
  • Study and know your section of the river; we will send/show you maps prior to the day of the event

YOUR ROLE ON THE DAY OF EVENT

9:00-10:00am PLANT TAKE-OUT SHUTTLE / ARRIVE AT YOUR PUT-IN

Please arrive at your put-in park location (Milo McIver, Barton, Carver, or Riverside) by 9:00am on the day of the event. Parking fills quickly, so we suggest planting your take-out shuttle vehicle and getting to your put-in early. You will have two other Garbage Scows and two Safety Kayak Captains on your section of the river, so please coordinate take-out vehicles with them. Note: Please safeguard valuables; lock vehicles.

9:30-10:30am PREPARE YOUR BOAT

Volunteers for your section will be meeting at the put-in at approximately 9:00am excited to hop on the river! Please have your boat prepared to get on the water (with a tarp). Connect with your Captain—go over your river stretch and the correct trash sorting guidelines.

10:00am-3:00pm ON-RIVER CLEAN UP

Receive garbage from boater and diver volunteers (see guidelines below!) and deliver to sorters at take-out dumpsters. As garbage scows, you are the sweepers. Help Safety Kayak Captains make sure all volunteers are off the river by 3:00pm. After you’ve taken you’re boat out, head to Barton Park Picnic Area #1 for the free BBQ from 2-5pm!

IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY – CALL 911

GARBAGE SORTING GUIDELINES

  • Everyone is to work together to safely remove & clean up the river.
  • Please wear gloves at all times.
  • Please use extreme caution when picking up sharp materials.
  • If you don’t feel safe – don’t pick it up!
  • Please be courteous of Garbage Scow’s boat, all event rafts & others’ watercrafts—these are people’s personal crafts & we want to keep them nice!
  • ONLY pick-up garbage to the high water lever mark—this line marks private property.
  • As Garbage Scows take on bagged items & non‐bagged items think about how the offloading will look like once you all have arrived back at shore.
  • Once on-land garbage sorters are to place all garbage in an organized manner in the dumpsters for the waste hauler facilities to count, weigh & sort recyclables.
  • SAFTEY NOTE: Do NOT touch or move plastic bottles if they are bloated, foaming and/or have a tube coming out them! These items may be highly toxic/combustible! Please leave near the dumpster & mark with yellow caution tape. Notify your Safety Kayak Captain. 

BAGGED GARBAGE

Is to be carefully placed in the correct color bags, placed in Garbage Scow’s drift-boat & brought to take-out to go in the dumpster.

GARBAGE goes in WHITE SOLVE Bags
GARBAGE =

All plastics (except plastic bottles)
All clothing & random items

All broken glass*
*Broken glass can be placed in 5-gallon buckets until at the take-out, then it will need to go in white bags & into the dumpster.

RECYCLING goes in YELLOW or BLUE Bags
RECYCLING =

Metal (including small scrap)
Plastic Bottles ONLY
Cardboard & Paper
Glass bottles* (NOT broken)
*Glass Bottles MUST go in their own separate BLUE BAGS filled ONLY with GLASS

NON-BAGGED GARBAGE

Is to be placed in GARBAGE SCOW’s drift-boat, on the tarp, brought to the take-out, and then put into DUMPSTER with on-land garbage sorter’s help.

NON-BAGGED GARBAGE =

Metal (large pieces)
Wood & Tires