Frequently Asked Questions
How will I get my trash bags and disposable gloves?
After registering on Eventbrite, please fill out the Google Form linked in your confirmation email to request your supplies. WMEAC will provide disposable gloves and trash bags to all registered participants. There will be supply hubs located in Grand Rapids, Grandville, Kentwood, Walker, and Wyoming. Times and dates vary for each hub so please register on the Google Form in advance. Community specific information will be available closer to the Cleanup.
If you are interested in volunteering with distributing supplies or hosting a supply hub in your community please email email@example.com for more information.
Where should I clean up trash?
Due to the socially distant nature of this years’ Cleanup we ask that volunteers participate in place by cleaning their neighborhood’s streets and storm drains, local tributaries, and parks. Check out the Stream Site Map for recommended areas with public stream access as well.
What is the maximum number of people I can have in a group?
The most recent guidance on gatherings is from Executive Order 2020-160: Amended Safe Start Order, issued on July 31st, 2020:
A social gathering or organized event among persons not part of the same household is permitted, but only to the extent that: if it is outdoors, the gathering or event does not exceed 100 people. WMEAC encourages all volunteers follow their local municipalities’ social distancing protocols as well.
How do I keep track of what I pick up?
To measure the impact of the Cleanup, we are asking our volunteers to use the Clean Swell mobile app developed by the Ocean Conservancy. It is free, easy-to-use, and provides a simple interface to inventory items you find while cleaning up. After submitting your entry on Clean Swell, you will receive an email with your trash tally and estimated weight. We ask participants to forward their results to firstname.lastname@example.org or share their impact using the #MayorsCleanup2020 hashtag on social media!
What do I do with the trash when I am done?
The Cleanup is a week-long campaign and volunteers are expected to participate in their own capacity. We will not have a centralized trash drop-off location or pick-up service. All participants are expected to dispose of the trash they collect through their own residential services or public dumpsters at participating parks. These locations are located on the Stream Site Map and will be continuously updated during the campaign.
What can I do to protect our freshwater after the Cleanup?
Keeping our neighborhoods and rivers clean doesn’t last just a week. If you are interested in becoming a permanent steward consider adopting your local storm drain through the Adopt-a-Drain program by the Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds. Learn more about storm drain maintenance at lgrow.org/adopt-a-drain.