On Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, volunteers from Preferred Mutual and NY Pizzeria joined together for the Adopt-A-Highway Program and to help end plastic pollution. This was the sixth year that Preferred Mutual and NY Pizzeria have joined forces for the annual cleanup along Route 8 in New Berlin.
The groups picked Earth Day for their annual roadside cleanup not only to promote environmental awareness, but also to show their support for Earth Day 2018's campaign to end plastic pollution. According to the Earth Day Network, more than 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year, and approximately 90 percent of that plastic ends up in landfills or as litter, including roadside trash.
Forty-five volunteers spent their sunny Sunday afternoon cleaning up a six-mile stretch of Route 8 in New Berlin. The team collected more than 30 bags of trash including a wide assortment of plastic debris, showing that plastic ends up everywhere.
New York State's Adopt-A-Highway Program was initiated in 1990. Volunteers of this program "adopt" sections of highway and pledge to keep it free of litter and debris.
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