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.
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.
|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|
|2016||40||532||15.4 tons||4950 lbs|
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.
For interviews contact:
- Ardrianna Mclane, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Juliet Cohen, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper: email@example.com (contact for images too)
- Bill Lott, Upper Chattahoochee Trout Unlimited: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
CRK’s mission is to protect and preserve the Chattahoochee River, its lakes and tributaries for the people, fish and wildlife that depend upon it. For more information, visit www.chattahoochee.org.