HOLLAND, Mich. - Students from Western Michigan University cleaned up the lakeshore on Sunday afternoon, June 24.

From 1-4 p.m. the students hosted a beach cleanup at Holland State Park. They are also raising money for the Alliance for the Great Lakes, which is a non-profit organization that works to conserve and restore the lakes.

A total of 15 students put on the event as a part of the Impact Project with WMU's MBA program.

Nearly 22 million pounds of plastic debris enter the Great Lakes every year, according to the Rochester Institute of Technology. And half of that goes into Lake Michigan. RIT estimates that the plastic pollution that gets dumped in Lake Michigan each year is the equivalent of 100 Olympic-sized pools full of plastic bottles.

A previous WMU Impact Project raised over $13,000 for ALS research.

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