Paterson, NJ – The City of Paterson participated in the 30th Annual International Coastal Cleanup in association with New Jersey Clean Communities Council last Saturday, Sept. 19 at the world’s largest riverbank cleaning which was locally targeted at Passaic River at Pennington Park.

According to Diane Polifronio, Paterson Clean Communities Coordinator, “The City of Paterson has and will continue to partner with New Jersey Clean Communities and the International Coastal Cleanup.”

This year’s event had 75 volunteers showed up at the Park for their duties between 8:30 am and 3:00 pm. A light breakfast and barbecue were offered to volunteers after the cleanup.

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Also organizers gave out an award (a broom painted in silver color) to the volunteer who brought out the most number of filled trash bags. This year’s winner picked out of the riverbank 15 bags of debris, a 20-foot PVC pipe and a whole grille.

The International Coastal Cleanup is the planet’s largest volunteer cleanup for waterway and ocean health. Hosted locally by New Jersey Clean Community Council, the Ocean Conservancy’s annual International Coastal Cleanup event has motivated 8.5 million people – including those from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut – in more than 100 countries to cross nearly 300,000 miles to collect more than 156 million pounds of trash from the world’s waterways since 1986.

The focus of International Coastal Cleanup Day is as much on inland and urban waterways as it is on New Jersey’s shores.

Last year, on a worldwide scale, the ICC collected more than 12 million pounds of trash – the most ever in the event’s history, with the help of more than 600,000 volunteers.