gloves from sidecutThe Clean Your Streams planning team has finally waded through the data cards and the final numbers are in! An amazing 1,175 people participated in the 16th Annual Clean Your Streams event. Together they collected 18,822 pounds of trash in just 2.5 hours. That’s the weight of four average-sized cars. Volunteers filled 903 trash bags with garbage that was found near or in streams and rivers around the greater Toledo area. No less than 274 tires were pulled from the rivers and recycled with Bridgestone-Firestone’s One Team, One Planet program. With 60 land sites and 2 boat sites, volunteers were able to cover about 38 miles of stream and riverbanks. Volunteers worked in five different watersheds from nine different kickoff locations in seven cities all around greater Toledo. During the cleanup, volunteers found countless peculiar items including Christmas lights, fingernail clippers, EZ pass, 100+ sport balls, car back massager, bowling pin, used paint roller, pool liner, rubber frog, $50 University of Toledo parking ticket, and a Jeep bumper.  For more information, visit the Clean Your Streams webpage or check out the Clean Your Streams Results.

The results are impressive and show a visible, positive impact was made that day. We welcome any pictures that show how much fun was had, any impressive or bizarre items found and all those smiling faces from Clean Your Streams. Please feel free to post them to PCS’s Facebook wall or send them to [email protected]. Thank you to our generous sponsors for making this event so successful. Great job to everyone that came out for our largest event ever and thank for making such a large impact! See you next year!