‘Trash bash’ cleans river banks

Updated: Sep. 18, 2019 at 2:56 PM EDT
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - A trash bash put volunteers on the banks of the Black River Wednesday.

The helpers were 20 seconds into their day picking-up trash when they saw a large plastic kiddie pool littering the Waterworks Trail.

They tugged it along and used it to contain all of the other garbage they found.

The trash bash is organized by the Tug Hill Commission. Most of the garbage found was plastic.

"Plastics in oceans and waterways are a huge problem. There's evidence that it affects the ecosystem, the food chain. When we drink out of water bottles, we are actually drinking tiny pieces of plastic, so it's bad for human health," said Tug Hill Commission Natural Resource Specialist Jennifer Harvill.

The information from Wednesday’s trash bash will be included in world-wide pollution data.

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