Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Plastics Industry Partners With Students to Clean, Green L.A. River

Monica Valencia, Press Deputy, Councilmember Ed P. Reyes,, (213) 473-7001
Viki Goto, Los Angeles Conservation Corps,, (213) 362-9000
American Chemistry Council: Press Hotline, (866) 922-7165
Reyes, Plastics Industry Partner with Students to Clean and Green L.A. River

WHAT: In an on-going effort to increase recycling in California, support environmental education and keep litter out of our waterways, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) will announce a $100,000 contribution to the Los Angeles River Keepers program. The Los Angeles River Keepers is a young adult program that combines classroom education with outdoor work to help clean and green the L.A. River.
The L.A. River Keepers program was developed in partnership with Councilmember Ed P. Reyes, the Los Angeles Community Development and the Department and the Bureau of Sanitization.
During the course of a year, the LA River Keepers has removed more than 400,000 lbs trash and debris from the river (along with more than 26,000 square feet of invasive plants) and removed more than 27,000 square feet of graffiti near the LA River shoreline.
WHO: Los Angeles Councilmember Ed P. Reyes, First District
Bruce Saito, Executive Director, LA Conservation Corps
Sherri McCarthy, Manager, Western Region, American Chemistry Council
LA Conservation Corps/ LA River Keepers Student Volunteers
WHERE: Río de Los Angeles State Park (Taylor Yard, adjacent to the Los Angeles River)
1900 San Fernando Road
Los Angeles, CA 90065
(DIRECTIONS: From the Glendale Freeway (2), exit at San Fernando Road, make a right; Rio de Los Angeles Park will be on the right).
WHEN: Thursday, January 28, 2010
10:00 a.m
VISUALS: Students from the LA Conservation Corps and the River Keepers program will provide a demonstration of a clean-up (weather/river access permitting).
Trash and recyclables recently collected from the river will be displayed.
Mock-up of donation check will be formally presented to the LA Conservation Corps representatives.