Schuylkill River Volunteers Haul Tons of Litter from Bartram’s Garden

A student from North Philly's Mastery Prep Middle School goes the extra mile to get some litter along the Schuylkill River shoreline. Credit: PWD
A student from North Philly's Mastery Prep Middle School goes the extra mile to get some litter along the Schuylkill River shoreline. Credit: PWD

Our first volunteer cleanup of 2017 with United By Blue had a great turnout—and even got an honorary "Best Field Trip Ever"  designation from one of the dozens of students who attended:

Held March 7, the effort targeted Philadelphia Parks and Recreation’s Bartram's Garden site. This was the eighth year that United by Blue, a Philadelphia-based apparel company dedicated to clean water, held a waterfront cleanup at Bartram’s.

Volunteers from the Schuylkill Action Network, Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, North Philadelphia’s Mastery Prep Charter School and others gathered nearly 2,000 pounds of litter from the Schuylkill River shoreline in just two hours.

Using heavy equipment, workers from PWD's Waterways Restoration Team also gathered roughly 4,000 additional pounds of trash and tires that had been dumped on a path leading to the river.

Here’s the trash breakdown:

  • Recycling: 798 pounds 
  • Tires: 12 tires @ 240 pounds
  • Trash: 5,075 pounds 
  • Total: 6,113 pounds

Without the help of the volunteers and PWD crew, that trash would have been washed into the Schuylkill, harming the local wildlife. Thank you to all who pitched in!

More Photos:

Bartram's Garden Volunteer Cleanup - March 2017

The next United By Blue-PWD cleanup will target Cobbs Creek and is scheduled for April 4. Get more info on our Facebook Events page.

You can also find more local Schuylkill River cleanup events (or add a new one) on the Schuylkill Scrub calendar, and we'll post about more watershed cleanups here as spring comes around.