Come down to the Freight House Farmer's Market to help sort and track the collected cleanup debris from the QC area cleanups with the Osprey Initiative, working together to keep our rivers and oceans clean of debris!
Volunteers will sort the debris that was collected at the morning cleanups and capture recyclable material along with data to determine sources and solutions to reduce litter.
Here's what you need to know:
How will I be sorting the debris? Training on how and where to sort will be provided.
Weather? Dress for weather and plan to get dirty. We will only cancel if there is a chance for significant rain, high winds or threat of lightening. Alternate opportunities to participate will be emailed should the event be cancelled to registered volunteers.
Refreshments? Please bring your own beverage, limited snacks will be available. We will have a water cooler available for those in need of a water refill. Part of this project is to raise awareness of the environmental impact of single use plastics.
Who can Participate? This opportunity is open to anyone interested in beautifying the QCA and protecting the health of our local waterways. No previous experience is necessary. Individuals 17 and under must have adult supervision.
Description of Project: Volunteers will be sorting the debris collected from areas of Davenport, Bettendorf and Moline to collect additional data. Sorting consists of walking, bending, kneeling and placing wastes in identified sorting areas and carries little hazard.
Anything Else I Should Know? Absolutely. Stop by the Freight House Farmer's Market to learn more about the project, hear from local Mayor's and find out more about the waste sort. Participation in this event will not only have a positive impact in the Quad Cities, but globally.
The project is part of a three country Marine Litter Project! Check out the City of Davenport's information about the local project that installed litter traps right here in Davenport along with Mexico and Canada, and is being conducted in coordination with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, the EPA, Xstream Cleanup and the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative. The litter and data we collect can help us better understand the worst problems in our area, and zero in on the source of the pollution to create more intelligent waste reduction programs in the future. Our goal is to do a better job of prevention so future generations will have less picking up to do.