How many tires?! A TREMENDOUS amount of trash removed each year during Clean Sweep

Employees of Cox Media Group Ohio cleaned up debris along the Great Miami River in Dayton Friday during Clean Sweep 2014. The Clean Sweep effort is organized by groups including American Rivers and Five Rivers MetroParks. LISA POWELL / STAFF
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Employees of Cox Media Group Ohio cleaned up debris along the Great Miami River in Dayton Friday during Clean Sweep 2014. The Clean Sweep effort is organized by groups including American Rivers and Five Rivers MetroParks. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Credit: Lisa Powell

Credit: Lisa Powell

Hearing “a lot of trash” gains  extra significance once a few zeros and commas are added in.

Since the mid-80s, our Miami River has gotten a little extra TLC once a year. The Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River is a huge annual effort to clean up our region’s greatest waterway.

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Although the effort is decades old, beginning in 2004, groups like the Miami Soil and Water Conservation District and the Miami Conservancy District came together to organize sponsors and hundreds of volunteers from across the Miami Valley to make the event what it is today.

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Provided by the Miami Soil and Water Conservation District, here are the number of volunteers, tires — yes, tires — and tons of trash collected each year from 2004 to 2017.

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Tires, bottles and a Cabbage Patch Doll are among the items Cox Media Group Ohio employees pulled from the Great Miami River Friday, July 18, as part of Clean Sweep 2014. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Tires, bottles and a Cabbage Patch Doll are among the items Cox Media Group Ohio employees pulled from the Great Miami River Friday, July 18, as part of Clean Sweep 2014. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)
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Tires, bottles and a Cabbage Patch Doll are among the items Cox Media Group Ohio employees pulled from the Great Miami River Friday, July 18, as part of Clean Sweep 2014. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Note that these numbers do not accurately reflect how many tires, tons of trash and other debris that were actually in the rivers each year. Factors like the depth of the river and weather influence what’s able to be recovered during each Clean Sweep. In other words, much more trash remains in our rivers despite the county-wide efforts — think hard before you litter!

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2004

Volunteers — N/A

Tires — 200

Tons of trash — 12

2005

Volunteers — N/A

Tires — 1,031

Tons of trash — 163.4

2006

Volunteers — 823

Tires — 638

Tons of trash — 27.34

2007

Volunteers — 884

Tires — 1,419

Tons of trash — 26.74

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Waste that Cox Media Group Ohio employees pulled from the Great Miami River on Friday, July 18, as part of Clean Sweep 2014. The Northern Clean-up event — from Indian Lake to Franklin — continues Saturday, July 19. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Waste that Cox Media Group Ohio employees pulled from the Great Miami River on Friday, July 18, as part of Clean Sweep 2014. The Northern Clean-up event — from Indian Lake to Franklin — continues Saturday, July 19. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)
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Waste that Cox Media Group Ohio employees pulled from the Great Miami River on Friday, July 18, as part of Clean Sweep 2014. The Northern Clean-up event — from Indian Lake to Franklin — continues Saturday, July 19. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Credit: Amelia Robinson

2008

Volunteers — 519

Tires — 389

Tons of trash — 32

2009

Volunteers — 871

Tires — 630

Tons of trash — 35.2

2010

Volunteers — 1,385

Tires — 221

Tons of trash — 31.7

2011

Volunteers — 1,032

Tires — 277

Tons of trash — 22.26

2012

Volunteers — 1,246

Tires — 401

Tons of trash — 30.6

2013

Volunteers — 811

Tires — 400

Tons of trash — 18.75

2014

Volunteers — 952

Tires — 1,268

Tons of trash — 22.39

2015

Volunteers — 396

Tires — 67

Tons of trash — 3.57

2016

Volunteers — 1,362

Tires — 275

Tons of trash — 20.3

2017

Volunteers — 691

Tires — 92

Tons of trash —14.41

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