2012-08-16 / Other News

Volunteers Make A Clean Sweep At Sunday Cleanup

By Sam Akhtar
Photos by Sam Akhtar and the Department of Environmental Protection


Volunteers at Plum Beach with some of the garbage found along the shore Volunteers at Plum Beach with some of the garbage found along the shore With gloves and plastic bags at hand, hundreds came out to help clear garbage and debris from the beaches along Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island on Sunday.

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, together with the Department of Sanitation and the Department of Parks & Recreation, recently launched their Clean Streets=Clean Beaches campaign to educate citizens about the effects that improperly disposed of street litter can have on our enjoyment of the beaches during the hot summer months.

Volunteers, including Christina Adebiyi, Robert Lopes and Jennifer Buskey were all smiles and action at Gerritsen Beach.

When asked why she participated in the day of service, Buskey laughed and said, “I lost a bet with Mother Nature.”

During a rain storm, street litter can wash into storm drains and be carried into local waterways and onto the beaches. In addition to this educational campaign, Sunday served as a perfect day to help clean up some of the local beaches that New Yorkers enjoy the most.


Another group of volunteers, proud to help the cleanup efforts Another group of volunteers, proud to help the cleanup efforts DEP representatives say New York City is fortunate to have a large expanse of shoreline, and local waterways that are the cleanest they have been in more than 100 years. For more information or to sign up for other beach clean-ups in the future, please e-mailbeachcleanups@dep.nyc.gov, or call 718-595-6599.



Getting rid of trash at Gerritsen Beach Getting rid of trash at Gerritsen Beach

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