More than 600 volunteers registered for the cleanup, which took place
across 28 sites and more than 60 miles in and along the Chattahoochee
River. As a public service, the multi-site cleanup is hosted free to the
The event is a time for everyone — friends, family, business owners and
more — to band together in an effort to restore and preserve the
Chattahoochee River, a liquid lifeline for millions of Georgians and
The total amount of trash collected is expected to be released no later
than Wednesday, April 23. But, last year nearly 3.7 tons of river refuse
was collected with half a ton recycled.
“It’s amazing the amount of plastic bottles and styrofoam that’s in the
waterways,” said Bob Caton, a first-year volunteer from Atlanta. "Very
eye-opening when you get out there."
People don’t make the connection between what they do, and how it
impacts the river, he added. When you toss a water bottle — and you
don’t stick it in the trash, where does it go,” he questioned.
"It goes to the rivers or creeks, streams,” Caton said. "People don’t
get it. It’s out of sight, out of mind. And, then the amount of plastic
bags, are also unbelievable… Those things are everywhere."