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International Coastal Cleanup Day at Randall’s Island, NYC


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Our thanks to everyone who pitched in at Randall’s Island to do their part locally for International Coastal Cleanup Day. It’s not every day that you can join 12 million people working simultaneously on the same project, to stop more trash from entering the ocean. (Check out a world map of this effort if you want to be inspired.)

Sixteen bags of debris and 2 tires were collected Saturday from this natural refuge in New York City, making the area that much cleaner and healthier. Riverkeeper was proud to work alongside Randall’s Island Park Alliance, Stuyvesant High School, University of Rochester Alumni Association and a dedicated group of people who trekked down from Woodstock.

On an unusually foggy, humid day, the volunteers picked up small bits of plastic, foam, food wrappers and other trash around a nature trail and bike path, then dug up 2 tires, some old wire, pieces of a car and trash from a freshwater wetland area, said Maggie Coulter, Associate Staff Attorney for Riverkeeper. Trash and recyclables were bagged separately, and the items were counted and classified.

It was inspiring to be part of this team – and part of an effort that stretched around the globe.

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