Trash Sorting Challenge at the Bostwick House

Trash Sorting Challenge at the Bostwick House

From 09/30/19 12:00 pm until 09/30/19 3:00 pm

At Bostwick House


Note: This event is weather dependent

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Date: Monday, September 30, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Meeting Location:  We will be meeting on location at the historic Bostwick House. It is located at 3901 48th St. in Bladensburg, MD 20710. You can access it from Annapolis Rd, Kenilworth Ave, and Quincy St. There is a fence around the property with one, large gate that will be open. Enter the property at this gate and proceed up the driveway up the hill. Please pull up the driveway as far as you can so others can fit behind you. Click here for a map of the location.

Description: Since its inception in 1989, AWS staff and volunteers have removed tons of trash from the Anacostia River each year. Our River Terrace Trash Trap cleanups have been a huge success in helping us to make progress towards our goal for a trash free Anacostia River.  This trash trap catches trash before it ends up in the River!  But our staff can’t manage this trap alone. Volunteers are critical to our plan to collect trash and monitor this trash trap. At the event we will sort removed trash from the River Terrace Trash Trap, at the Bostwick House, into 13 categories; plastic bottles, plastic grocery bags, food wrappers, Styrofoam food containers, other Styrofoam products, recreational balls, other plastics, glass bottles, aluminum cans, tires, treated lumber, other non-plastics, and large items. We will count the pieces of trash and measure the weight and volume for each category.

  • The data collected from our trash traps has helped to pass the (grocery) bag fee law in DC and brought a ripple effect into Montgomery County; and it has helped to ban the use of Styrofoam food packaging, etc. in DC, Montgomery County, and Prince George's County. We still need to work on trash items such as beverage bottles, cans, and food wrappers, which is why we need your help! The data you help us collect will be used to educate the public and advocate for a better practice, such as the Bottle Deposit Bill.
  • This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the trash challenges of the Anacostia and what is being done to address them!

Physical Requirements: This event will likely involve lifting, bending, and walking. Participants will be expected to wear closed-toed shoes for the duration of the event. The event is not suitable for those with health issues. If you think any of the physical requirements will be problematic, please let us know.

What to Bring/Wear: Volunteers should dress appropriately for the weather on the day of the event. We recommend wearing long socks and pants that can get dirty. Volunteers are required to wear closed-toed shoes. We recommend wearing sturdy shoes such as hiking boots or old sneakers. Anything that you are comfortable getting a little dirty in! Volunteers should bring a refillable water bottle with them to the event. We will provide water coolers where you can refill your bottles, but will not provide cups.

Day of Contact: Masaya Maeda, AWS's Water Quality Specialist, will be leading the event and can be reached at 301-377-8152 if you have any questions on the day of the event.

If you have any questions prior to the event, please contact Emily Castelli at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 301-699-6204 ext. 103.

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