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Volunteer Opportunity: Waste Watchers at the 2016 Philadelphia Marathon

November 19, 2016 - November 20, 2016

This November, Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability is partnering with the Philadelphia Marathon to host Waste Watchers, a sustainability initiative to keep waste out of the landfill. Waste Watchers volunteers educate race attendees about recycling and composting while also helping the Marathon achieve maximum waste diversion from landfills. At the Start/Finish area, Waste Watcher volunteers help event-goers sort their trash, compost, and recycling into the right containers.

Last year, Waste Watchers volunteers allowed us to reuse, recycle, or compost 90% of the waste generated at the Marathon. We’d like to beat that this year, but the program wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our volunteers.

Register here to be a Waste Watcher! Sort by “Job” at the top or scroll through the days and times to find the shifts labeled “Waste Watchers. Waste Watchers shifts are available on both days of race weekend:

Half Marathon, Rothman 8K, and Kids Fun Run

Saturday, November 19th

  • 6:30am-9am Start/Finish Area
  • 8am-11am Start/Finish Area
  • 10am-2pm Start/Finish Area
  • 9am-12pm 8K Water Stop – Mile 3

Full Marathon

Sunday, November 20th

  • 6am-8:30am Start/Finish Area
  • 8:00am-11:30am Start/Finish Area
  • 10:30am – 2:30pm Start/Finish Area

Once you’ve selected your shift(s), fill in the rest of the form and click “sign up to volunteer.” We shortened the shifts this year, so if you are a die-hard Waste Watcher, feel free to sign up for multiple, overlapping shifts!

We’ll be in touch with you in the days and weeks leading up to the Marathon with everything you need to know. For other comments or questions, please email We look forward to seeing you on race weekend!


November 19, 2016
November 20, 2016
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