Volunteers hit the beaches of the Great Lakes to clean them up

Published: Sep. 14, 2018 at 11:28 AM EDT
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If you enjoy the Great Lakes, maybe you should take some time to give back.

On Saturday, September 15, thousands of volunteers will be cleaning up the beaches of the Great Lakes.

They are coming together on behalf of the Alliance for the Great Lakes' September Adopt-a-Beach event.

This event is known as the largest day of action for the Great Lakes.

During the event, volunteers will track what kind of trash they are picking up.

In the past, more than 85% of the litter has been plastic.

"Each year 22 million pounds of plastic enters the Great Lakes, according to researchers from the Rochester Institute of Technology," said Jennifer Caddick from the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

"Last year, more than 6,300 volunteers picked up over 11,000 pounds of debris at more than 240 sites around the region. The result: cleaner beaches and healthier Great Lakes."

The event takes place at various beaches at different times for each lake.

Check out this link for times and locations.