2004-09-17 / Community

American Littoral Society Cleans Up Rockaway

By Tiffany Forte

  • The American Littoral Society (ALS) begins their Annual International Coastal Cleanup on September 17 in Manhattan’s Riverside Park.
  • “The idea is to raise the consciousness of the public,” said Barbara Cohen, ALS’s New York State Coastal Clean-Up Coordinator. “The concern is the fact that people aren’t more conscious of the contribution and impact they make when disposing their trash in a careful manner.”

    This park clean up kicks off a mass clean up across the city with many starting on September 18th. In Rockaway, site leaders will lead organized cleanups along Rockaway Beach from Beach 94 street to Beach 149 street. Rockaway cleanups vary from September 18 continuing until October 9 in some parts of the Rockaways.

    Volunteers will tackle sites in Arverne, Broad Channel, Edgemere, Far Rockaway, and Rockaway Beach among many.

    Last year there were more than 10,000 New York State volunteers involved with the coastal cleanup. The volunteers removed over 334,000 pounds of debris over a span of 420 miles at 351 different sites.

    ALS hopes to educate communities about healthy trash disposal and in addition help the communities help themselves by cleaning the surrounding areas.

    “Most careless littering comes from people being unaware of their actions,” Cohen said. “We feel that the education is what makes this clean-up different.”

    For volunteer information or to organize a clean up in your area, call the ALS hotline at 1-800-449-0790. Also, visit www.alsnyc.org for upcoming dates, contact, and site information.

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