September 8, 2018
On September 8th, 2018, United By Blue, REI, Friends of the Wissahickon, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Philadelphia Water Department, and honeygrow joined forces for a cleanup of Wissahickon Creek!
Joined by a team of 130 volunteers, the team braved rain, mud, and flooded trails to tackle the trash in Wissahickon Valley Park. In just 2.5 hours, volunteers hauled out 2,336.5 pounds of trash and recycling from Wissahickon Creek and surrounding trails and parkland, keeping more than a ton of trash from being carried further downstream by the rain. As a tributary to the Schuylkill River, the trash removed from Wissahickon Creek was directly removed from Philadelphians' drinking water source. Besides leftover trash from park users, volunteers pulled out some stranger items for our Weird Trash Competition; a headless clown doll and time capsule took the cake for most interesting items. Volunteers even left a note in the time capsule and left it for the next guest!
United By Blue thanks our wonderful partners and volunteers for their support of this cleanup, including honeygrow for the delicious post-cleanup snacks, and Zipcar and GoPhillyGo for their sustainable transportation support during the 2018 cleanup season.