CLEANUP SAFETY TIPS

What to Wear, What to Bring
  • Wear old clothes (long pants or shorts) that you don’t mind getting dirty or stained. Also consider wearing closed-toe shoes for your protection, such as, old tennis shoes (no sandals or flip-flops!).

    • ​Consider bringing and wearing insect repellant, sunscreen, and gloves for your protection. 

  • Items, such as, trash pickers or gardener potato forks/rakes are very helpful in picking trash up on the side of the road and out of trees along the creek.

    • If you are interested in getting in the creek and you own waders, please bring them. A limited number of waders may be available to volunteers, while supplies last. 

Safety Tips
  • Pick up only items with which you are comfortable. Ask for help with larger or awkward items. If it won’t budge, just leave it.

  • Be careful when handling sharp items. Use gloves!

  • Be on the lookout for snakes, wasps, and hornets in debris piles or vegetated areas.

  • Don’t get dehydrated. Drink plenty of water.

  • Roadside clean-up participant, 8-15 years of age must be accompanied by adult.​

    • Volunteer participants will remove litter and trash items along the roadside banks. Volunteers will receive clean-up supplies while they last to remove debris related items. Volunteers will be placed in a group accompanied by Valley Creek Clean-Up Committee Representative to the various site locations.

  • In the creek participant, 12-15 years of age must be accompanied by adult.

    • Volunteer participants will remove litter and trash items along the creek banks. Volunteers will receive clean-up supplies while they last to remove debris related items. Waders will be available to volunteers while supplies last. Volunteers will be placed in a group accompanied by Valley Creek Clean-Up Team Representative to the various site locations along the creek. Trash will be placed in boats and floated down to a pick up site.

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