CBS2 Joins Local Volunteers to Clean Up Big Rock Beach in Queens

NEW YORK — The power of the human mind is incredible, especially when we work together.

CBS2 is launched #Better togetherour new campaign celebrating great achievements made possible through kindness and collaboration.

On Saturday, our colleagues teamed up with local volunteers to clean up a beach in Queens.

St. Luke’s School students were excited and energized to work with CBS2 to clean up Big Rock Beach in College Point.

“I didn’t think so much garbage would end up in the ocean and on the beach,” said a college student, Maia.

“It’s really dirty and I’m happy to save the environment,” said a student named Victoria.

As CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reports, nearly 100 volunteers collected trash dumped on the hillside or washed up on the shoreline, finding items like chairs, steel and plastic.

“All this plastic that’s on the beach, foam and plastic that breaks down into very small pieces, ends up in the food chain of fish and seabirds,” said Kathryn Cervino of the Coastal Preservation Network. “We hate what our coastline has come to look like over the years.”

WATCH: #BetterTogether: Cleaning Up Big Rock Beach, Coastal Preservation Network

#BetterTogether: Cleaning Up Big Rock Beach, Coastal Preservation Network


Volunteers sorted the waste into piles — garbage or recyclable material — and formed a conveyor belt to haul it up the hill to a large dumpster.

“This is a cause I am passionate about,” said volunteer Kimberly Quail.

“I think it’s really normal to be part of the community and contribute to this wonderful cause yourself,” said volunteer Khalil Tindley.

The Coastal Preservation Network and Waterfront Alliance organized this team effort, trying to get the beach in shape for the summer and beyond.

WATCH: #BetterTogether: Clean Up Big Rock Beach, Waterfront Alliance

#BetterTogether: Clean Up Big Rock Beach, Waterfront Alliance


“This isn’t just about cleaning up, but it’s also about learning what’s happening physically on the waterfront in New York City,” said Karen Imas of the Waterfront Alliance. “There’s 520 miles of shoreline in New York, and this really impacts how we live from day to day.”

CBS2 participated as part of our #BetterTogether: Project Green

The team started the morning with an empty trash can and by the end of the day it was full — a fulfilling workday that made a difference to the future of our port city and the local waterfront.

Volunteers are also planting seagrass to help prevent erosion and advocating for more public access to our city’s miles of coastline.

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