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Riverkeeper Sweep Cleans Up Tons Of Trash


Riverkeeper’s annual cleanup along the Hudson River and New York City shorelines yielded tons of debris and recyclables.

From Brooklyn to the Capital District, 2,200 volunteers removed 39 tons of trash May 7. They also removed and recycled nine tons of recyclables, and took away 423 tires. Riverkeeper says plastic bottles and plastic foam, commonly known as the trademarked-name Styrofoam, were the most common debris. The most unusual? An ice-cream cart, old safe, and mask from the interactive performance “Sleep No More.” Riverkeeper’s annual event is part of its growing “Trash Free Hudson” initiative to reduce plastic and other floatable pollution in the estuary.   

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