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Life in the Trash Lane

Sh!t We Find

Sh!t We Find

Article 9 - May 10, 2019
Written by Crystal Milburn

Have you ever wondered what kind of trash we find in America’s rivers? Well, if so, you’re not alone! We started tracking things like pounds of trash removed and sh!t we find tracing back to the beginning (1998). Plastic bottles are, by far, the number one thing we remove (see more information on an upcoming volunteer event at the bottom of the page!) but there are a variety of other items that might make you go, hmmm.

And, with so many communities getting their drinking water from rivers, it’s something we can all relate to. In fact, the KWQC news channel 6 recently reported E. Coli in the Quad City area flood waters. Gross!

Do any of these #trashtag items strike you as odd?

  • 5-Gallon Buckets   6,047
  • 55-Gallon Barrels  9,262.5
  • 5th Wheel Trailers  1
  • Air Conditioners  71
  • Baby Dolls   735
  • Bags of Ammunition (lbs) 5
  • Bags of Garbage (plastic bottles)  125,703
  • Bags of Police Riot Gear  6
  • Balls    24,320
  • Barge Cable (ft)   29,378
  • Barge Line (ft.)   43,655
  • Bath Tubs   35
  • BBQ Grills   172
  • Bicycles    131
  • Big Wheels/Kid Bikes  83
  • Boats    116
  • Bowling Balls   118.5
  • Campers   3.5
  • Car Engines   20
  • Cars/Trucks/Vans  20
  • Civil War Mortar Shells  1
  • Clown Shoes   2
  • Computer Monitors  132
  • Computer Printers  1
  • Construction Barrels/Cones 438.5
  • Coolers    833
  • Couches/Recliners  80
  • Dishwashers   70
  • Duck Decoys   284
  • Electric Guitars   2
  • Fire Extinguishers  118
  • Freezers    125
  • Gas Cans/Tanks   592
  • Hot Tubs   15
  • Hot Water Heaters  355
  • Jet Skis    9
  • John Deere Combines  1
  • Kegs    1
  • Lawn Mowers   59
  • Life Jackets/PFDs  273
  • Mannequin Parts   17
  • Mattresses   116
  • Messages in Bottles  87
  • Microwaves   14
  • Milk Crates   1,340
  • Motorcycles   12
  • Navigational Buoys  735.5
  • Outboard Boat Engines  8
  • Patio Chairs   321
  • Pianos    4
  • Prosthetic Limbs  13
  • Refrigerators   846
  • Safes    29
  • Shopping Carts   63
  • Shower Stalls   2
  • Sinks    146
  • Stoves    192
  • Styrofoam   16.5 football fields thick
  • Sunken Barges   3
  • Televisions   369.5
  • Tires   87,952
  • Toilets   127 + Portable Toilets   36.5
  • Tops of School Buses  1
  • Tractors    20
  • Trash Cans   1,185
  • Washing Machines  170

The above list (plus plastic bottles and other miscellaneous debris) all add up to 10,204,714 POUNDS removed (and also prevented from going into our oceans) from America’s rivers!!!! And none of it would be possible without our sponsors, supporters and volunteers!! Every like, comment and share we get on Facebook or Instagram helps. Every call, email or text - count ‘em. Who’s out there wearing our swag - t-shirts, hats and bracelets? You helped. Whether you’re in the boat with us or helping from afar, we have nothing but love for you. Thanks a MILLION from the bottom of our barges!!

PS It’s time to sort our plastic recyclables collected at Alternative Spring Break so, if you’re looking for a volunteer event in Memphis, TN, then we’re also looking for you! Click here to learn more on or before Monday, May 13th!

 

** A note to the Quad Cities area businesses and residents affected by the flood. We see you, we love you and we are available to help get you back up and running once the waters recede. Just email us at hello@livinglandsandwaters.org. **

Our Impact

  • Pounds of Trash Removed

    10,399,605

  • Volunteers Involved

    114,923

  • Students Educated

    11,386

  • Trees Planted

    1,312,126

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