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15th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup

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15th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup

Saturday, April 26, 2014
9am - 12pm
At sites along the Charles River and its tributaries

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In a collaboration led by Charles River Watershed Association, volunteers from over 20 towns will work together to remove litter and debris and beautify the Charles River and its surrounding parklands in one of the nation’s largest one-day river cleanup events! Volunteers will remove trash from sites throughout the Charles River watershed from Milford to Boston.


Since 2000, the Charles River Watershed Association has coordinated the Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup each April with a collaborative of other non-profit organizations. Volunteers participate as part of more than 100 different neighborhood, school, religious, and corporate teams, as well as individually. Our volunteers remove trash and debris including television sets, bicycles, styrofoam cups, and plastic bags located in the river and on its banks at 100 sites along the 80-mile river. At last year’s event, we estimate that we removed 50 tons of litter, making the Charles River cleaner, healthier, and more beautiful! The Charles River Cleanup is organized by a collaborative of groups interested in keeping the river and our communities clean and healthy, including Charles River Watershed Association, Charles River Conservancy, The Esplanade Association, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Green Decade Newton, Senator Brownsberger’s Office, Waltham Land Trust and MA Department of Conservation and Recreation. 

The 15th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup is a part of the American Rivers National River Cleanup.

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Cleanup Organizers & Partners


CRWA   CRC   DCR   ENC logo
TEA   Green Decade    



State Senator



2014 Cleanup Sponsors

Thank you to all of our amazing cleanup sponsors. This event would not be possible without them.

Cleanup Major Sponsor    
mix 104.1
Cleanup Advocate    
MSA   You Generate Volunteers  
Whole Foods    
Cleanup Supporter    
American Rivers   Amgen
Bernardi   Boston University
Cadmus   Chestnut Hill Realty



Momenta   Woodard and Curran
Cleanup Friend    
White Corporation    
MIT   Watertown Community Foundation
Budget Dumpster   Bertucci’s
boloco   Cambridge Biomedical
Community Boating   Charlesgate Yacht Club
Knucklebones   marriott
Newton Yacht Club   REI


Picnic Friends

Shaw's River Street
Stop and Shop 


Special thanks to Watertown Yacht Club for making their facility available as a rest stop for Cleanup volunteers

Interested in sponsoring the 15th Annual Earthday Charles River Cleanup? We would love to partner with your company or organization. View the sponsorship packet or contact Alexandra Ash for more information.


2014 Participants

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who will participate in the 2014 Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup!

Complete list coming soon


2013 Cleanup

Click here to learn more about last year's Cleanup. View a list of volunteer groups and sponsors, and find out how much garbage we collected!

Updated January 16, 2013