Volunteers Needed 5/21 – 6/15: Trash Free Waters

The Trash Free Waters Challenge encourages supermarkets and grocers in the Jamaica Bay Watershed to reduce their distribution of single-use bags by at least 5%. Plastic is a major component of street litter and can clog storm drains, eventually making its way to local waterbodies. By reducing the amount of single-use plastic bags and encouraging the use of reusable items, supermarkets will add to current efforts aiming to restore and maintain the water quality of Jamaica Bay, while also helping New York City meet zero waste goals!

NYC DEP is currently looking for student volunteers to assist with administering the Trash Free Waters Challenge survey at participating grocery stores. Survey days will occur between May 21st and June 15th and dates will be set through coordination with store owners and managers. If you are interested in volunteering for the Trash Free Waters Challenge or would like to learn more please contact  trashfreewaters@dep.nyc.gov.