The National Park Service partnered with thousands of volunteers throughout Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland over the weekend for the 23rd Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup. Of the 425 registered cleanup sites, 143 of the sites reported collecting a total of 74 TONS of garbage as of April 12, 2011. This post will be updated as more statistics are reported.
Since 1989, more than 90,000 volunteers have teamed with 425 partner organizations to remove more than 5 million pounds of garbage from the watershed’s streams, rivers and bays. Last year´s cleanup took place at 575 sites and removed more than 250 tons of trash including more than 15 tons of recyclables, 21,597 plastic bags, 1,844 tires, 14,802 cigarette butts, 3 canoes and 2 couches!