Vol­un­teers col­lect waste at reser­voirs

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - COMMUNITY -

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.

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