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Project WASTE with Bronxville High

IMG_0191 - Olivia O'keefe

We’re very thankful to the students from Bronxville high for helping us research and understand the problems surrounding litter in the Bronx River. The students categorized and tallied litter on Palmer Avenue and Parkway Road and found that tobacco products are the main reason for the litter in Bronxville. The students predicted that the floatable litter is being transmitted into storm drains by natural causes and then end up polluting the river. To help correct this problem, the students provided the village of Bronxville with a map of hotspots of litter and cigarette butts so that the village could strategically buy and place trash cans in town. They also suggested hosting a storm drain art competition to raise awareness about this issue. The idea was presented to the board of trustees and approved and a contest was held with co-sponsorship from the village. The competition was quite successful in attracting the interest of the community as many pedestrians stopped to ask questions about the art project. We hope more and more people think mindfully about the river and take steps to keep the only freshwater river in New York healthy.


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