ATLANTA, GA (CW69 News at 10)
Volunteers remove 36.8 tons of trash from local waterways in just one day.
On Saturday, August 29, more than 1,000 volunteers from throughout the
Chattahoochee watershed gathered at 43 parks, trails, and creeks to fight litter pollution. As a
result, approximately 73,646 pounds (36.8 tons) of garbage were removed from the waterways
we all share. Of that 73,646 pounds, more than 19,288 pounds (9.6 tons) were able to be
Sweep the Hooch is an annual watershed-wide trash cleanup that brings together hundreds of
volunteers each year at dozens of parks, tributaries, and access points along the Chattahoochee
River. This year, the event celebrated its tenth anniversary as volunteers gathered a record-setting
amount of trash removed from the Chattahoochee River and its tributaries, despite the cleanup
being rescheduled from its original spring date.
“The results of this year’s Sweep the Hooch speak volumes about not just our volunteers, but how
our community is recognizing the importance of caring for the water we need for hand washing,
outdoor recreation, and more,” said Tammy Bates, Outings Manager with Chattahoochee
Riverkeeper, who coordinates the cleanup. “Every year, we hope for more volunteers, more trash
collected; and this year, despite numerous obstacles, we’re thrilled to announce more litter
removed from our waterways than ever before.”
Last year, more than 1,154 dedicated community volunteers gathered a record-setting 32 tons of
trash and tires from and along the Chattahoochee River and its tributaries in just one day.
In honor of Sweep the Hooch turning ten, CRK is encouraging everyone to fundraise on behalf of
their favorite spot on the river using an online donation platform. All funds raised will support the
organization’s year-round cleanup efforts, including volunteer opportunities and in-stream trash