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Mississippi River plastic pollution initiative

June 9, 2022   Delta Democrat-Times

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Delta Democrat-Times – Greenville, MS – 6/9/22


On Saturday, June 11, 2022, the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative (MRCTI), along with Mayor Errick D. Simmons of Greenville, Mississippi, Mayor Aelicia L. Thomas of Rosedale, Mississippi, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the University of Georgia, and the Rosedale Freedom Project will host a joint press conference to discuss efforts to mitigate plastic pollution in the Delta. The press conference will take place at Big Waters Café, located at 199 North Lakefront Road, Greenville, MS, at noon.


During this third phase of the Mississippi River Plastic Pollution Initiative, local data collection efforts will occur throughout the Delta Region between June 11th and July 17th. After the press conference, community volunteers will be directed to Schelben Park to receive instructions regarding trash and data collection. In addition, all volunteers are asked to download the free “Debris Tracker” app to track plastic pollution to assist scientists, policymakers, and businesses reduce the amount of plastic ending up in the Mississippi River and, ultimately, our oceans. Approximately 11 million metric tons of plastic enter the oceans each year, with rivers contributing to a significant portion of that amount.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Mayor’s Office at 662-378-1501.