Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Cleanup? What is the schedule?

The 23rd Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup is scheduled for Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23, 2022. Times will vary by site location.

Is there a rain date for the Cleanup?

At this time there is no rain date for the Charles River Cleanup. Rain dates may vary by group. Please inquire with 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 as early as one week prior to the Cleanup.

Is there a fee to participate in the Cleanup?

The Charles River Cleanup is free for all community members, with a suggested donation of $5 per person to help support management and supplies. 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 non-profit coordinator in your service area with questions specific to your project.

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

Trash bags, gloves, and pickup sticks (depending on site) will be provided. Prior to your project, you will receive an update from your site coordinator with specific details on meeting location, what to bring, and more.

At the completion of the Cleanup, volunteers will stack trash which will be collected by municipal public works departments or the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Each volunteer team will then fill out a form reporting how many pounds of trash they collected and what items they found.

Are there Covid-19 safety protocols in place for the Cleanup?

Yes! We are committed to providing a safe working environment, and have developed safety protocols with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). We hope you will join us for a safe and fun way to get outside and give back to the parks that have given us so much!

Event Safety Protocols:

  • All non-vaccinated volunteers are encouraged to wear a face mask or covering.

  • All equipment, tools, and materials will be disinfected before and after use in accordance with CDC guidelines. A list of tools will be provided prior to the event for participants who prefer to bring tools from home.

  • Alcohol-based sanitizer will be available for participants to use.

  • Food and drinks should be brought from participants’ homes and not shared with individuals outside of one’s household.


**Please note that the status of the 23rd Charles River Earth Day Cleanup is dependent on current Covid-19 guidance.