‘Sweep the Hooch’ snags 15 tons of trash

The results are in for the 6th Annual Sweep the Hooch, prescription a one-day, multi-site cleanup event in the Chattahoochee River watershed. A record 15+ TONS of trash was removed by 532 volunteers who walked, waded, and paddled at 40 cleanup sites spread over 70 river miles. The largest amount of trash was collected at the Tanyard, Peachtree and Proctor Creek, which are located in densely urban areas.

Sweep the Hooch, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Ardmore Park

Sweep the Hooch results at Ardmore Park. Photo courtesy of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

In 2011, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK), Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park Service, organized the inaugural Sweep the Hooch multi-site cleanup. Since then the event has grown to include more cleanup sites over a larger area with more volunteers and partners. The amount of trash recovered in the 2016 Sweep the Hooch event far exceeded the amount ever collected before on any one day. See the results of the six years below.

Year Sites Volunteers Trash Removed Recycled
2011 18 360 3.5 tons 1500 lbs
2012 22 445 3.8 tons 2402 lbs
2013 24 553 3.7 tons 1183 lbs
2014 28 580 7.3 tons 450 lbs
2015 38 550 7.1 tons none
2016 40 532 15.4 tons 4950 lbs
TOTALS 170 3,063 40.8 tons 10,485

We are pleased that more volunteers and partner organizations have joined this annual cleanup event, but are concerned by the seemingly endless amount of trash that is collecting in our river, lakes, and creeks. Tires, aluminum cans, plastic bags, flushable wipes and sports balls are the most common trash items recovered. CRK is calling on our local and state leaders and enforcement officers, public works departments and residents to do more litter education and increase waste reduction and recycling efforts.

The success of this event is due to our generous sponsors who supported Sweep the Hooch and CRK’s mission. Our 2016 sponsors include: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Family 2 Family, Novelis, The Home Depot, WEG Electric Corp and Republic Services.

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