Recap: Neponset Cleanup Fall 2023

On Saturday, September 23rd, more than 100 volunteers spread out across nine different locations in Canton, Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Norwood, Quincy, and Milton to help clean up trash and debris along the Neponset River, its tributaries, and surrounding parks.

Managed by dedicated site captains and community leaders, the volunteers collected over one hundred and twenty bags of trash. Some of the more interesting finds include an entertainment center, two old bikes, a ladder, ten coconuts, construction debris, multiple tires, vintage beer bottles, money, shoes, dozens of bottle caps and plastic bottles, tools, and a singular rollerblade. Out of the nine cleanup sites, eight were held on DCR property and DCR reports picking up about 9 tons of trash!

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For any questions about the cleanup or to recommend additional cleanup sites, please contact NepRWA Environmental Fellow, Benni Marques, at or 781-575-0354 x313

Many thanks to our cleanup partners!

MA Dept. of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) | Deloitte | Belnel Neighborhood Association | Friends of the Blue Hills  | City of Boston Parks and Recreation | Cytiva| Barletta | Deloitte | GZA | American Rivers | Norwood DPW  

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