New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is looking volunteers to take part in the 28th annual New York State Beach Cleanup, in cooperation with American Littoral Society and sponsored by the the Natural Heritage Trust. The event is being held in conjunction with the Ocean Conservancy's International Beach Clean-up Day.
According to the Ocean Conservancy, more than 500,000 volunteers collected more than 10 million pounds of trash in 2012. The most common items picked up was cigarette butts, followed food wrappers/containers and plastic bottles.
If you aren't afraid to get your hands dirty, here's a few local places to help out:
- Sunken Meadow State Park: Saturday, Sept. 21 at 9 a.m. Volunteers will meet at Field No. 3. Contact Carolyn Flynn for more information at: email@example.com. Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 22.
- Nissequogue River State Park: Saturday, Sept. 21 at 9 a.m. Contact John McQuaid at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For more scheduled clean-ups as part of the effort, click here.
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