2012 Cleanup Recap
Wasn’t the first day of spring just yesterday? As much as we’re in denial about the upcoming colder months, we couldn’t be more excited with how our 2012 cleanup season went. We’d like to thank all of our volunteers, retailers, private haulers, partners, members of the press, and municipalities for their help.
These are some of the many milestones we reached this summer:
Crossed the 100,000 pound threshold
In early 2010, our initial cleanup goal was 100,000 pounds of trash removed in 2011 and 1 million pounds by 2012. We quickly realized, it is more important to have a bigger reach in terms of volunteers and cleanups hosted, rather than pounds we pulled out.
In 2012, we hosted 28 cleanups, which was roughly the same amount as 2011, but more states, more volunteers, and more hands meant a deeper impact on our oceans and waterways.
This year, our trash ticker grew to 141,000 pounds. Not bad for three-and-a-half years, right?
Made New Friends
During our 13 cleanups that we co-hosted with our partners- Subaru of America, Sperry Top-Sider, and ECO SWIM BY AQUA GREEN, we removed 17,694 pounds with 640 volunteers in 10 states.
2012 was the year for stellar cleanup planning interns and seeing double. Our cleanup volunteers jumped from 573 in 2011 to 1,286 in 2012! These weren’t some low-quality, one-time participants; these were group leaders that brought 30 people with them or familiar faces that returned month after month.
Made a Bigger Impact Near and Far
From March to October, we hosted cleanups in 15 states including some new ones-Arkansas, Florida, Utah and Washington. In our backyard, our Bartram’s Garden cleanups took on a life of their own. During 8 cleanups, 389 Philadelphia volunteers joined us in removing 4,513 pounds of trash from the Schuylkill River at Bartram’s Garden. We picked up an insane amount of recyclables: 3,771 plastic bottles, 163 glass bottles, and 281 aluminum cans.
Sadly, it’s that time of year, where we hibernate for the winter, but rest assured, come March, we will be out almost every week cleaning up oceans and waterways around the country.
In the meantime, you can give the gift of cleaner oceans with UBB’s organic men and women’s t-shirts, waxed, canvas bags, and artisan jewelry.
See you in 2013!