Welcome to National River Cleanup®!

COVID-19 UPDATE: American Rivers is monitoring the progress of COVID-19 and following the guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the public health departments of each state in which we are working. We encourage cleanup organizers to continue to stay informed of the situation, review and follow the CDC and your public health department’s guidelines where you live to ensure your health and safety.

If you have cancelled or re-scheduled the date of your cleanup due to the coronavirus or other factors, please contact us as soon as possible so we can update the information about your event(s) on the NRC volunteer page of our website.

At this time, trash bag orders are continuing to be fulfilled for cleanups as we receive them. Our distribution center is up and running and has taken necessary safety precautions. Together we are working to ensure cleanup organizers do not experience service interruptions.

To register your cleanup event with National River Cleanup fill out the form below.

Multiple Events: Are you organizing multiple river cleanups throughout the year? By registering all of your events with National River Cleanup you help us create a full landscape of cleanups to show how widespread our impact is!

Trash Bags: Remember, if you are requesting trash bags from National River Cleanup you must register at least four weeks in advance of your river cleanup to allow time for shipping!

Organizer’s Handbook: New to organizing a river cleanup or looking for helpful tips for planning your event this year? Download the Organizer’s Handbook for a step-by-step guide to organizing your cleanup!

Once your event is published on the National River Cleanup map you can use your event page as an outreach tool for volunteer recruitment. National River Cleanup will email you information on interested volunteers who have signed up using your event page.

Thanks and best of luck planning your cleanup!

Register Your Cleanup

  • Where Will Your Cleanup Be Held?
    Since many cleanups don't have typical postal addresses, please let us know the general location (or address) for your river cleanup and where you plan to meet.

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
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  • (ex. meeting place location, any specific requirements, lunch provided, etc.)
  • Contact Information

    (Private - For Our Records and for Mailing Trashbags)
    Please let us know if you do not wish to become a member
  • Other Information

  • Please enter the web addresses, e.g. your website or Facebook page
  • Click here for lists of current and past Most Endangered Rivers
  • Virtual Cleanup Challenge with Litterati

  • What's Litterati? Learn about the Litterati Mobile App here.