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Annual River Sweep

We are looking for volunteers like YOU! Beginning in 1989, the Ohio River Sweep is an annual cleanup event that extends over the entire length of the Ohio River. There are six states that border the Ohio River that, each year, gather volunteers to work together on a huge project: litter removal of the river and its tributaries. This event is a fun, kid-friendly event! Come join us and make a positive impact in our community.

The Annual River Sweep has been cancelled for 2021. Be on the lookout for monthly community cleanups on our Events page.

Trash for Cash Application - River Sweep

To apply for this, you must be a federally-recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization and have your organization's W-9 ready to send. More information on Trash for Cash here.

This application does require you to choose your top three preferred locations. 
If you need a physical application, please contact Megan Clere at or 859-334-3151.

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Upload W-9 Here

Supporting Documents

Please review all supporting documents before applying and your cleanup. These documents will be given to you as a hardcopy in your Trash for Cash bin on pickup day.

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After Your Cleanup

For payment, you must return your cleaned supplies, complete the Two-Minute Survey, and submit your River Sweep Experience in a letter to the editor.

Letter to the Editor



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