Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Humber River 2014 Cleanup Recap

It was another great year for us, our partners, and volunteers. We want to send out a big THANK YOU to our the forty volunteers who joined us to help cleanup the Humber River. A big shoutout of thanks for our partners, Contiki Holidays, the Complete Paddler, TreadRight Foundation, and Tiered Response.

The efforts of everyone resulted in the collection and removal of 2.4 tonnes of junk. How Awesome is that? Some of the junk may have come from flooding but other junk, sadly, was  simply disposed of in the river and surrounding area. We cleaned up for the better part of a day but it shouldn’t stop there. We all should be proud of the amount of junk we removed but there is still more work to be done and more help and support required to protect the Humber River year round. 

We helped raise awareness regarding the Humber River’s junk situation and we are grateful for the efforts everyone put forth to get the word out and for the additional coverage we received from CTV News and Anwar Knight over the course of the day.

Some of the things that we collected ranged from the interesting to the strange/weird such as an old freezer, what appeared to be a severed head but was, in fact, just a wig, and a toboggan.

It was great to see so many people doing well by doing good. Lots of smiles.

You can count on us to be back next year and we hope we can count on you to join us. In the meantime, we will continue to raise awareness about the Humber River’s junk problem and ask that you continue to help spread the word.


Rick and the 1800 Rid-of-It Team

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