Trash Free Potomac Network

Trash Network Newsletter Image The Trash Free Potomac Network is an easy-to-use database that allows you to find volunteer opportunities, local cleanups, and workshops throughout the Potomac Watershed as well as advertise your own trash-related events. The Trash Network was created to connect volunteers, organizations, businesses and governments together to address the trash problem in the region throughout the year.

Events that are posted on the Network are shared year-round, are viewable by the public, and contain all the information needed on how to get involved with the event. In order post to your own trash-related events, you must register as an event leader in the Network.

Some examples of items that are posted on the Trash Free Potomac Network are:

  • Local and Regional Cleanups
  • Litter Prevention Workshops
  • Trash Monitoring Opportunities
  • Lectures on Trash Issues
  • Conferences

Be sure to carefully read all of the instructions and make use of the help section when needed to insure that you will be able to best utilize all of the features the Network has to offer.  Please send questions and comments to [email protected]


How to Retrieve Your Old Site Information and Data

The following is information for site leaders who led sites for the Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup in April prior to 2013.

As a site leader, you may be wondering what happened to your old site information and cleanup results from the old database.  All of this data has been transferred to the Network and can be transferred to your event leader account by following the directions below.

  1. Go to
  2. Click the “Login” button on the upper right hand corner
  3. On the login screen, click the “register” button and follow the directions for registering as an event leader.
  4. Once you are registered, email [email protected], the following information:
    • Your full name and the email address you used to register
    • The username that you chose
    • The name of your site/s from the past years (since 2007), being as specific as possible.
  5. After receiving the correct information, we will be able to transfer the site information including past results over to your account.
  6. Be sure to carefully read the directions for each site so that you can insure that your future cleanup events are registered properly.


2012 Trash Summit Notes and Presentations

  • Monika Thiele, Programme Officer, United Nations Environment Programme, Regional Office For North America and Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species:  Raising awareness about ocean litter “Two Minutes on Ocean Health,” a collaboration with cartoonist Jim Toomey of Sherman’s Lagoon. View Presentation
  • Olivier Giron, Adjunct Professor, School of Art, George Mason University and founder of Let’s Do It! Virginia: Engaging people through art and sculpture at illegal dump sites and Let’s Do It! phone app to map and post photos of littered areas and illegal dump sites. View Presentation
  • Clara Elias, Alice Ferguson Foundation: Exploring AFF’s new partnership with National Geographic’s Fieldscope and how it will complement the new Trash Free Potomac Network.View Presentation
  • Session Notes