Volunteers collect waste at reservoirs
Some 264 volunteers collected more than a ton of trash and recyclable waste during the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s recent Reservoir Cleanup Day.
The Oct. 2 event focused on cleanup efforts at nine water supply reservoirs, including the Ashokan, Cannonsville, Pepacton and Rondout reservoirs in the Catskills. Volunteers collected 259 bags of debris and recyclables, all weighing 3,342 pounds.
Debris collected included 3,647 glass, plastic and metal beverage containers, 330 grocery bags, 1,022 cigarette butts, 990 food wrappers, 604 takeout food containers, 147 pieces of fishing line, 43 tires, and 2,762 pieces of glass, plastic and foam.
The waste included debris that had blown onto the reservoir property from nearby roadsides, had washed up along the shores from past storms, or was left at public access areas used for fishing and boating.