Neponset River Fall Cleanup 2018: Recap

Thanks to everyone who helped with the Neponset River Fall Cleanup!

Students from Wentworth Institute of Technology

It was an awesome team effort!

It takes a lot of work to cleanup a river, and we owe a great deal of thanks to our many dedicated volunteers, including members of Pile Drivers Union Local 56, members of the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, volunteers from the New England Aquarium live blue Service Corp., and students from the Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Although the water level in the river was very high, and much of the trash was hidden underwater, we still managed to find enough debris to fill EIGHT large dumpsters. Check out the inventory list:

Various car parts
3 Car batteries
1 Motorcycle
1 motorcycle engine
8 shopping carts
Many shopping cart pieces
Many chunks of concrete
7 cinder blocks
5 wooden boards
1 car seat
6 paint cans
Plastic stripping
Metal debris from train track
Several sections of chain link fencing
20+ metal rods or pipes, various lengths
Lots of brush, tree trunks, discarded shrubs, landscaping waste
Wood with re-bar
1 American flag
Big pieces of carpet
Stroller parts
Razor scooter
Many shoes
1 sewing machine
2 TV’s
1 lamp pole w/ wiring
2 mattresses
1 sink
1 8″ knife
3 folding chairs
8 milk crates
Large pieces of foam
1 futon
39 bags of trash
Lots of plastic bags
Dozens of plastic bottles/cans
Misc. bits of plastic & trash

PLUS 82 auto tires + 2 tractor tires

While this may seem like a lot of trash, the overall amount collected was less than previous years, and we see that as a sign of progress.


View photos of the cleanup.


Thanks also to our very generous supporters:
State Representative Angelo M. Scaccia  |  State Representative Dan Cullinane  |  MA Dept. of Conservation & Recreation (DCR)  |  City Councilor Michael Flaherty  |  City Councilor Tim McCarthy  |  City Councilor Michelle Wu  |  Budget Dumpster  |  Canton Walk, Bike & Hike Committee  |  My Grandma’s Coffee Cakes Home Depot – Quincy  |  Hyde Park Main Streets  |  James G. Grant Co.  |  Keep Hyde Park Beautiful  |  McCrea’s Candies | Milton DPW  |  New England Aquarium  |  Paddle Boston  |  Parkway Towing  | Pile Driver’s Union 56  |  Shaws  |  The Lawrence & Lillian Solomon Foundation  |  Southeast Mosquito Control District  |  Stop & Shop  |  Tecnu

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