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Riverkeeper Sweep 2016: Our biggest yet!

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Huge thanks to all the volunteers who came out to the shorelines, from Brooklyn to the Capital District, on May 7, 2016, for our 5th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep. We invite you to stay involved and make a difference throughout the year. Join us! Be part of a good thing.

Sweep 2016 by the numbers:

Number of projects: 108
Number of volunteers: 2,200
Trash removed: 39 tons
Recyclables removed and recycled: 9 tons
Number of tires removed: 423
Trees and shrubs planted or maintained: 836

Most common debris: plastic bottles, Styrofoam
Unusual debris: ice cream cart, Sleep No More mask, old safe
Misc. detail: At one project in Brooklyn, 1,700 cigarette butts were found within a four-block stretch.

“By teaming up with Riverkeeper, people see that they can make a difference. They see other people winning fights that they were told they were going to lose.”
– Paul Gallay, President and Hudson Riverkeeper

Riverkeeper Sweep 2016

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