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, use the map below to select the location for your river cleanup. Click and drag the pin to where your cleanup will be. Double-click the map to zoom in or use the +/- in the lower right.

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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

  • 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.
  • If yes, please complete the fields below. If no, skip the following section and click submit at the bottom.
  • Challenge Information

  • We recommend using the name of your cleanup with the word challenge. Ex. Delaware River Cleanup Challenge.
  • We recommend anticipating each participant to log an average of 40 pieces.
  • If your cleanup is one site such as a neighborhood or park, choose 2 miles. If it’s multiple sites within a section of the city or county, choose 5 or 10 miles. If it’s a small city, choose 25. If it’s a big city or county or the area, choose 50. Please note it is a radius therefore we will not be able to draw geofences around specific locations.
  • (Note that the challenge will end at 12:01 EST time end date. If you want the challenge to go through Sunday at midnight, choose MONDAY as your end date.)
  • Characters can only use numbers, capital case letters and hyphens. Examples include: DELRIVER; AR2020; CLEAN-UP.