River Clean Up Weights Released!

Oct 12, 2014 by

River Clean Up Weights Released!

The highly anticipated weight totals from the 12th Annual Down the River Clean have been released! We apologize for the delay in posting.

We had the 2nd highest volunteer turn out for the event that we’ve had in 12 years! There were 401 volunteers that together cleaned up a total of 2.82 tons (5,640 lbs.) of refuse from the Clackamas River. That averages out to be 14 lbs of trash cleaned per volunteer.

The breakdown for each Park location of trash collected (in tons) includes:

  • Barton – 0.15
  • Carver – 1.02
  • Riverside – 1.22
  • Clackamette – 0.42

53% of the total refuse collected was sorted into the “recycle” piles. Huge thanks to everyone for doing a great job pre-and-post sorting! 91% of those materials were indeed recycled, which is fantastic! The breakdown of that 91% includes:

  • Metal – 65%
  • Plastic – 13%
  • Glass – 11%
  • Aluminum cans – 2%

Oh, and don’t forget about all garbage/recyclables collected by artists. With the help of PNCA, we had nearly a dozen student artists attend the clean up this year — they collected hundreds of pounds of debris and are currently re-purposing it into pieces of art! Art will be on display and available for sale during RiPPLe Art Auction on First Thursday in the Pearl District (Portland) – December 4th.

To date at the Down the River Clean Up, over the past 12 years, there has been 3,391 volunteers total, which have cleaned up 32.24 tons (64,680 lbs.) of trash from the lower 15-miles of the Clackamas River! So, thank you for being a part of this amazing feat, and thank you as well to all the sponsors, in-kind and silent auction donors!

If you have not completed  the 2 SURVEYS this year, please take 3 minutes to do so… It’s very important to us that you do this. 1 is to help us understand the educational component and 2 to help us with planning and logistics to make next year’s event even better.

  1. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YC7F2Z9
  2. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X5MN8HF

Last but not least, check out Mark Gamba’s beautiful photos on Facebook (click here) and the great video by the Clackamas County Government Channel:


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