Trash Data Recording at Nash Run


Cause Areas


Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:00 PM - Sun Mar 25, 2018 03:00 PM


Anacostia Ave. NE and Douglas St. NEWashington, DC 20019


Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018 (Rain Date: 3/25) - you will be asked at check-out which date you can help, 3/24 and/or 3/25

Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Meeting Location:
Around the intersection of Anacostia Ave. NE and Douglas St. NE. This site is about an 8-minute walk from the Deanwood Metro station on the Orange Line. Please click here for a map of the event location: ( Map) Better to come by car since the weekend Metro is not reliable.

Maximum number of volunteers: This is an event for a group/individuals of 20 people. Registration is required.


Event Description:
Since its inception in 1989, AWS staff and volunteers have removed tons of trash from the Anacostia River each year. Our Nash Run Trash Trap cleanups have been a huge success in helping us to make progress towards our goal for a trash free Anacostia River. This trash trap catches trash before it ends up in the River! But our staff can’t manage this trap alone. Volunteers are critical to our plan to collect trash and monitor this trash trap. At the event we will sort removed trash from this trap into 13 categories; plastic bottles, plastic grocery bags, food wrappers, Styrofoam food containers, other Styrofoam products, recreational balls, other plastics, glass bottles, aluminum cans, tires, treated lumber, other non-plastics, and large items. We will count the pieces of trash and measure the weight and volume for each category.

The data collected from our trash traps has helped to pass the (grocery) bag fee law in DC and brought a ripple effect into Montgomery County; and it has helped to ban the use of Styrofoam food packaging, etc. in DC, Montgomery County, and Prince George's County. We still need to work on trash items such as beverage bottles, cans, and food wrappers, which is why we need your help! The data you help us collect will be used to educate the public and advocate for a better practice, such as the Bottle Deposit Bill.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the trash challenges of the Anacostia and what is being done to address them!

Our Nash Run Trash Trap can capture most types of trash, while our River Terrace Trash Trap targets only floatable. If you are interested in participating in a River Terrace Trash Trap Cleanup, check out our online calendar to see what volunteer opportunities we are offering. By participating in both trash sporting events, you will have a rare hands-on experience to understand what is/is not captured by trash traps that target only floatable trash.

Physical Requirements: The task requires squatting down for a relatively long time, and may be physically demanding. It is not suitable for young children.

Registration is required: Please register at least 2 days prior to the event date you chose to volunteer. This event may be canceled suddenly due to the weather.

What to Wear/Bring: Volunteers should dress appropriately for the weather on the day of the event. We recommend dressing in layers and wearing long socks and pants. Volunteers are required to wear closed-toed shoes. Volunteers should bring a reusable water bottle with them to the event. We will have water coolers where they will be able to refill their bottles. We will provide all other necessary tools and supplies.

For more information before the event, contact Emily Castelli at or call 301-699-6204 x103.


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Requirements & Commitment

  • 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Registration is required.

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