OSPIRG Students Host “Wildlife Over Waste” River Clean Up

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University of Oregon student Abby Keep hauls trash and a styrofoam cooler she found along the banks of the Willamette River Sunday during a river cleanup organized by OSPIRG Students, a student-run non-profit. The organization is in the midst of a campaign this term to ban single-use polystyrene foam cups and takeout containers statewide. The service event was held to give students an opportunity to make an immediate impact locally. “Part of my New Year’s resolution was to try and live a zero-waste lifestyle and I think it’s important to not only talk the talk but walk the walk,” Keep said. Marine animals, like sea turtles, are dying off due to the large amount of plastics ending up in the ocean and other waterways. [Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard] – registerguard.com
University of Oregon student Liv Meyer, the OSPIRG campus relations coordinator for the group’s plastics campaign, stands nears some of the trash she found along the banks of the Willamette River Sunday during a river cleanup organized by OSPIRG Students, a student-run non-profit. [Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard] – registerguard.com
University of Oregon student Liv Meyer, right, emptys a bottle she found along the banks of the Willamette River Sunday before handing the bottle off to Alyssa Gilbert, OSPIRG campaign coordinator, who then placed it in the trash bag held by student Abby Keep, left, during a river cleanup organized by OSPIRG Students, a student-run non-profit. The organization is in the midst of a campaign this term to ban single-use polystyrene foam cups and takeout containers statewide. The service event was held to give students an opportunity to make an immediate impact locally. Marine animals, like sea turtles, are dying off due to the large amount of plastics ending up in the ocean and other waterways. [Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard] – registerguard.com

A syringe inside a bottle was among the trash found along the banks of the Willamette River Sunday before during a cleanup organized by OSPIRG Students, a student-run non-profit. The organization is in the midst of a campaign this term to ban single-use polystyrene foam cups and takeout containers statewide. The service event was held to give students an opportunity to make an immediate impact locally. Marine animals, like sea turtles, are dying off due to the large amount of plastics ending up in the ocean and other waterways. [Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard] – registerguard.com