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The Great Lakes Clean Up September 15, 2018

The Great Lakes Clean Up September 15, 2018
September 14, 2018 Mary Ellen Geist

Thousands of volunteers on all five Great Lakes

The Alliance for the Great Lakes September Adopt-a-Beach event is considered the largest annual day of action for the Great Lakes.

Photo by Karin Heim

2018 Coastal Cleanup Kickoff, Photo by Karin Heim

On September 15th, volunteers will not only clean up beaches on all five Great Lakes, they will also collect much-needed data on beach litter.

Some Great Lakes litter facts: more than 85 percent of the litter is plastic. The Rochester Institute of Technology says each year, 22 million pounds of plastic enters the Great Lakes.

The Alliance for the Great Lakes says last year, more than 6, 300 volunteers picked up over 11,000 pounds of debris at more than 240 sites all across the region.

Here’s what happened at this week’s kick off event in Wisconsin!

To find out how to participate at the Great Lakes beach that’s nearest you, go to 

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