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 4.0

Join Up to Earth for our 3rd major Living Lands & Waters Great Mississippi River Cleanup Event! Water, gloves, and trash bags will be provided for volunteers, as well as an event t-shirt! Be sure to bring a reusable water bottle to cut down on unnecessary waste!
Event Details:

Saturday, June 25th
Up To Earth BIG Cleanup
Joyce Island 4.0
Joyce Map 4
Event location and vital information
Last year we hosted two large cleanups here that were officially sponsored by Living Lands & Waters. We pulled out about 20 bags of trash total and over 500 pounds of scrap metal, with 17 volunteers total putting in a combined 22 hours of volunteering down on Joyce Island. This year we will be doing the same thing again (hopefully even bigger! I’m shooting for 30-40 volunteers!). That means that we’ll have volunteer shirts to give out (first come, first serve)! Up To Earth will also have some fun prizes that volunteers can win.
Impromptu Joyce Island cleanup last summer
This entire “island” is covered with trash. Some of it is dangerous so PLEASE BE CAREFUL. You will need to sign a waiver to participate in this event, as it is an officially sponsored Living Lands & Waters event hosted by Up To Earth.

Bring a reusable water bottle to the event, we have water coolers! We will provide the bug repellent as well!

Please come show your support for the Earth and our growing movement of environmentally conscious individuals striving and acting to make real change for our communities.

Some of the waste removed and recyclables sorted from Joyce Island in 2015

We will have enough gloves for anybody who shows up to help.
Join the conversation and RSVP by visiting our Facebook event page for this cleanup event!

If you can’t make it, but want to support the cause, you can join our Facebook group and like our Up to Earth page, share this or other events with your friends, and/or donate at [] to help us pay for the equipment and supplies we use for community cleanups.

Any bit of support you offer, (volunteering, donation, or advertisement) goes towards the removal of plastic, metal, and chemical waste from the local area, and by extension, a safer, cleaner future for every living thing here.

May 2-7 Cleanup Schedule


Come help make a difference in our community by volunteering your time at one of our daily cleanup events! Gloves, bags, and water will be provided, just be sure to wear protective clothing!

If you can’t make it to any of this week’s events due to other circumstances or obligations but you still want to do your part to support the cause, you can make a direct contribution through PayPal or order us some much needed supplies on our Amazon wishlist – both links can be found here! Even if you just have a moment to swing by one our events with some water bottles, sunscreen, insect/tick repellent, energy bars, trash bags, whatever — any and all donations are greatly appreciated and allow us to continue our mission to restore our neighborhoods and natural wildlife areas to their optimum state.

We hope to see lots of new and familiar faces at this summer’s cleanup events, so be sure to follow our blog and Facebook page to stay informed on all our upcoming events! And if you participate in one of these events, share your experience in the comments section so we can spread the word on what a rewarding pastime litter cleanup truly is!


Tomorrow: Joyce Island 2.0


Thursday, August 6th is Up to Earth’s second group cleanup effort at Joyce Island. The first was a major success even with a modest count of just 10 volunteers. We pulled out 16 bags of trash as well as many other large items, reducing the pollution of our beloved bike path and beautiful Mississippi River. We focused on the entry area of Joyce Island from the bike path, down the rocks, into the woods, and to the riverbanks. This time we work our way farther into the island with the meet up station at the covered pavilion so we will now have a sheltered area to sort out the recyclable items.

Stop by between 9:30 am and 7:30 pm for as long as you would like. All supplies including trash bags, gloves, water and lunch will be provided by the hosts from Up to Earth. And since this is a sponsored Living Lands & Waters Great Mississippi River Cleanup event, volunteers will also get a cool t-shirt! Stop by for an hour or 10 with your working shoes and get ready to have fun while beautifying Clinton and helping our environment.

If you can’t help out in person this time there are lots of other ways to get involved!

Follow our Facebook community page at

Join our Facebook group to find out about future group cleanup events at

Or you can donate to the cause directly to help with the costs of supplies, transportation and proper disposal of trash, food for volunteers, etc. at

We hope to see lots of smiling, ambitious faces at Joyce Island 2.0 tomorrow! Come by and show your support for the cause and do your part to keep our earth clean and our environment safe and healthy for our families and community!

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.