2017 Trash Study is Available!

The results are in from our analysis of the trash we collected during our second annual volunteer day cleanup at the Long Creek Watershed.

A second annual employee volunteer day cleanup of the Long Creek Watershed in Southern Maine was again used in a trash study conducted by Hydro International in collaboration with the City of South Portland, the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District, (CCSWCD) as well as students from the University of Southern Maine. Data collected during the May, 2017 study can serve as an annual trash load baseline for the area directly in front of the Maine Mall in South Portland, ME given that the studies were conducted exactly one year apart.  

If you missed our July 25th webinar discussing the 2017 study results, watch the recording here. For more background, you can also view the 2016 trash study at hydro-int. com/2016trashstudy

65% of collected litter was either plastic film, grocery bags or food service packaging

2017 pie chart of material by volume

Year-over-year comparison of material by volume

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