Cleaning Up Camanche Avenue for Earth Day

Beautiful weather and Earth Day enthusiasm were just two factors in yesterday’s cleanup of Camanche Avenue drawing our largest volunteer turnout so far this year.

A total of 18 Up to Earthlings of all ages came together to pick up litter from one of the most-traveled roads in Clinton after a Facebook poll indicated that Highway 30 needed some TLC. Some from just down the road, some from out of town, some veterans, some newbies… did I mention that 3-year-old Gibson has graciously lent us his incredible trash spotting skills five times?! What a rock star!! Up to Earth is immensely grateful to all the rock stars who come out to help at any of our events, and the planet appreciates you too!

We also get the warm fuzzies when we receive support from local businesses who offer their resources to assist in our efforts. Old Town Family Restaurant let us set up camp in their parking lot during the Camanche Avenue cleanup and hooked us up with a great deal on some grub after we were done! The food hit the spot and the service was amazing – just what we needed after spending the afternoon working up an appetite in the sun.

With 7 cleanups already under our belts in 2017 and 19 more on the schedule, we are very excited to make our communities greener for the third year in a row. Up to Earth will be hosting local cleanup events most weekends from now through the summer, usually on Sundays.

Our next scheduled event is on Sunday, April 30th from 3pm – 6pm at the south Clinton boat docks, another area indicated as needing attention by the Facebook poll. You can find more details, ask questions, or RSVP to this cleanup here or take a look at our other upcoming events on our Facebook events page.

We hope to continue to see both new and familiar faces out there making a difference for our neighborhoods and environment this year! Mother Earth provides us with the basics we need to survive, and it’s up to us to maintain those gifts to ensure a happy, clean, and safe future for generations to come!

Joyce Island Cleanup 1.0

A few shots from our first official Up To Earth cleanup
A few shots from our first official Up To Earth cleanup

The first official Up To Earth Volunteer cleanup event at Joyce Island was on July 5th, 2015. Everything went smoothly and we got a lot accomplished as well as some new insights about how we can make a bigger impact looking into the future.

Here’s the stats..

Volunteers: 9 people (including us)

Total Volunteer Hours: 47 hrs.

Area Covered: Approximately 28 Acres (One Million Square Feet!)

We picked up:

* 1 Tent

* 1 Matress

* 1 Lawn Chair

* 1 Pesticide Container

* 3 Very Large Pieces of Styrofoam

Plus 16 Large Trash Bags sorted into:

* 100 lbs. of Landfill Waste

* 2 30 Gallon tubs of Recyclable Plastic

* 1 30 Gallon tub of Dirty or Nonrecyclable Plastic

* 1 30 Gallon tub of Polystyrene and Foam (Non-recyclable)

* 1 Partial tub of Scrap Metal

* 1 Partial tub of Refundable Cans and Bottles

* 1 Partial tub of Hazardous Materials (Aerosol Cans, Chemical Containers, etc)

* 1 Partial tub of Broken Glass

Best of:

* 1 Whole Turtle Shell

* 9 Lighters

* 1 Baseball

* 1 Golfball

* 1 Antique Pabst Can

* 1 Partial Hannah Montana Jump Rope

Things that were very common:

* Plastic and Glass Bottles

* Aluminum Cans

* Plastic Bags

* Polystyrene/Styrofoam

-Polar Ice cups

-Bait containers

-Broken Styrofoam pieces

* Broken Glass

* Snack food wrappers (Chips, Candy, etc.)

* Fast food packaging (Cups, Wrappers, Bags)

* Cigarette Butts

* Clothing (Shoes, Socks, Shirts, Pants, Coats)

* Fishing goods (Poles, Lures, Line, Bobbers, Bait Containers)

We got a lot accomplished with only 9 people total throughout the day. Our next event is Saturday, July 11th and we’ve decided to just focus on Joyce Island for the next cleanup or two. Please let me know if you can attend for an hour or more, and RSVP to the Facebook event if you care to.

Big thanks to everyone who showed up to help or helped by donating items or money for supplies! We couldn’t do it without you.

Volunteers :

Myself and Kimberly

Adam Ouderkirk

Sherri Stiles

Jason Jones

JoEllen Hill

Matt Nivens

Jeremy Delgado

Andrea Nicole


Steve Hill

Brian J. Strunk

Adam Fritz

Linda Welch


Living Lands & Waters

Hy-Vee, Clinton,  IA

Howard’s Tap, Albany, IL

Special thanks:

Dan Breidenstein at Living Lands & Waters

Officer Ben Huizenga for lending a hand and supporting our cause.

The kid who pulled out 2 bags of garbage for us on his own time.

Other people who stopped to thank us or showed interest in becoming involved.