Adopt A Beach Program Prevents Microplastic Pollution

The Alliance for the Great Lakes launched its Adopt a Beach program in 1991.  Since then, volunteers have removed more than 9.7 million pieces of litter, that’s 535,000 pounds of trash!  A large portion of the litter they remove is tiny trash that is less than 2.5 cm, and 86% of the litter is plastic.  Items that aren’t collected by volunteers break down into smaller and smaller pieces each year and will eventually become microplastics, which can make their way into our food and drinking water.

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