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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Cleanup? What is the schedule?

The 25th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup is scheduled for April 19 & 20, 2024. Times will vary by site location.

Is there a rain date for the Cleanup?

Rain dates may vary by group. Please inquire with the organization you plan on volunteering with for more information.

How can I register for the Cleanup?

Volunteers can register for the Charles River Cleanup by visiting our registration page and contacting the site coordinator that corresponds to the location where you would like to volunteer.  

When will registration close for the Cleanup?

Registration for the Cleanup will close as sites fill. Depending on site location, sign-ups may close several weeks prior to the Cleanup.

Is there a fee to participate in the Cleanup?

The Charles River Cleanup is free for all community members, we ask that individuals and non-profit participants consider supporting the event with an optional donation. All donations are fully tax-deductible and support the Charles River Cleanup and the missions of our partner organizations. However, a donation is required for corporate groups to participate. This donation will go directly to the non-profit hosting your project. Please view our registration page for more information. 

Where do I meet my group for the Cleanup?

You will receive information on your exact meeting location and project details like what tasks you'll be doing and what to bring, from the coordinator at the non-profit hosting your project. Please contact the volunteer coordinator with questions specific to your project.

What supplies are provided for the Cleanup? What should I bring?

Trash bags will be provided at all sites. Depending on location, gloves and pickup sticks may also be available. All participants are encouraged to bring their own work gloves if you have them. Prior to your project, you will receive an update from your site coordinator with specific details on meeting location, what to bring, and more.

How do volunteer days look different since COVID-19?

We are continuing to monitor the health guidelines provided by the CDC, city of Boston and state of Massachusetts. Please stay home if you are feeling unwell. Masks are encouraged for unvaccinated individuals.

Program Partners

The Charles River Cleanup is made possible by the following organizations:

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