Some environmental groups in Central New York are preparing for their annual Earth Day Litter Clean-Ups this coming weekend.
Trash and recyclables have been littering highways, waterways and local parks. The Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency has been coordinating their annual Earth Day Litter Clean-Ups for 28 years. OCRRA organizes these clean-ups throughout the county. Dale Cocca, the Recycle Specialist at OCRRA, has a hand in organizing these events.
“I encourage people to do the litter cleanup just to reconnect with the human impact,” Cocca said.
Over 7,000 people participated in the clean-ups last year and they picked up over 100,000 pounds of litter throughout Onondaga County. Cocca said three of the most commonly littered items in Onondaga County are cigarette butts, take-out containers and plastic bags. Cocca hopes these clean-ups make people more aware of their environment.
“I think it does help foster a sense of greater ecological responsibility when you go out
there and you start actually picking up the stuff that’s littering our environment,” Cocca said.
The Downtown Committee of Syracuse has also been organizing their annual Earth Day Clean-Up. Over 400 volunteers cleaned up the litter around downtown last year. Chuck McFadden, the Director of Operations for the Downtown Committee, said some people have been volunteering for many years.
“I’ve been running the downtown clean up for 33 years now. Many of the folks have been with me about 30-some years as well,” McFadden said.
The Downtown Committee worked closely with OCRRA to Coordinate their clean-up. Both organizations have been holding these events for many years and don’t see them stopping any time soon.