Our Quad Cities: QC mayors tackle persistent problem of plastic pollution in Mississippi River

Nine mayors from throughout the Quad Cities banded together Friday morning to launch a new plastic pollution data collection project in the region, with the Mississippi River Plastic Pollution Initiative.

The initiative operates under the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative (MRCTI) and mayors of the Mississippi River, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme and the University of Georgia.

Using the free ‘Debris Tracker’ app developed by the University of Georgia, community volunteers will help track plastics and other trash to help scientists, policy-makers, businesses, and community members take informed action to combat pollution.

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