We’ve gathered quite the collection of trash at Bartram’s Garden over the past three years, but the first cleanup of the season always has the biggest haul (and weirdest trash). During our 2011 and 2012 cleanup season openers, we pulled a total of 2,102 pounds out of trash from the Schuylkill River.
Can someone please tell us where 2012 went?
Last Tuesday was our final Philadelphia cleanup for the season.
Our summer results are in and they’re a bit disturbing.
During 8 cleanups in 2012, 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.
Our weird trash collection included: a bunny candlestick that survived the summer without melting, an empty gun case, a parking ticket and monopoly money, a child’s ID from 1985, a car engine, and a bucket of kitchen knives.
We had a great 2012 season and would like to extend a thanks to all of our volunteers this summer. See you in March 2013!
On the first Tuesday of the month, UBB hosts a Schuylkill River cleanup at Bartram’s Garden where we collect an absurd amount of plastic bottles.
Our plastic bottle count so far:
That’s 2,153 plastic bottles pulled from the Schuylkill River during 6 evening cleanups that would have entered our oceans.
United By Blue has had 6 cleanups at Bartram’s Garden this Summer
Join us at our next one the first Tuesday in September.
9/4/12, 5- 7:30PM
Spend your first Tuesday of the Month enjoying a free cookout and helping to make our waterways a little cleaner. Help UBB rid Bartram’s Garden’s beautiful property of trash, which was carried down from the Schuylkill River.
Summer Schuylkill River Cleanups with United By Blue at Bartram’s Garden
On the first Tuesday in June, July, and August, 158 Philadelphia area community members representing 10 groups joined UBB in cleaning up a major river in our backyard. In a matter of a few hours, we removed 1,513.5 pounds of trash including 1,612 recyclables from the Schuylkill River at Bartram’s Garden. To get involved in UBB’s upcoming cleanups, visit http://www.unitedbyblue.com/upcoming-cleanups.
United By Blue Removed 303 Pounds of Trash from the Schuylkill River
We honored America’s birthday a day early by helping Bartram’s Garden and the Schuylkill River declare independence from the waterway trash that acclimated along its shore.
We’ve started to see the same familiar faces at our Bartram’s Garden cleanups and we were joined by some newcomers on July 3rd from Haverford House Fellows and the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship employees at Haverford College, Drexel University students, and 20 Dialogue Institute participants.
Our weird trash included half of a chair, an arrow, volleyball, half of an Easter egg, the heel of a shoe and a little kid’s sneaker. Our interns were blown away at the amount of recyclables-197 plastic bottles, 18 glass bottles, and 41 cans- that accumulated along the Schuylkill River over the past month.
Our summer cleanup series will take place on the first Tuesday of the month (August 7th, September 4th, and October 2nd). Volunteers who attend three UBB Bartram’s Garden cleanups qualify for a free Bartram’s Garden membership.