On Saturday, May 6, a group of 15 people -- SUNY Oswego students and members from the Oswego community -- calling itself Punks Against Pollution hit Oswego's streets and parks to clean up litter after the last day of college classes.

According to SUNY Oswego junior cinema and screen studies and philosophy major Alex DeSacia, the group is "a new initiative to raise consciousness about environmental issues, and to help keep Oswego free of litter," and consists of students from the college, Oswego High School and the local community. 

"Though Punks Against Pollution was originally planned as a one-time event, the level of interest and positive reception have motivated us to organize further," DeSacia said. "We are now planning cleanup events for the Fourth of July parade and Harborfest, with other events to come."

The group cleaned up several bags of litter as well as recyclables that they planned to redeem and donate the money to the Oswego County Humane Society. DeSacia said the group plans to similarly donate any money on redeemed recyclables to a local cause after every cleanup.

Students cleaning upPark cleanup -- From left, SUNY Oswego students Alex DeSacia, Brittany Castagna and Zach Diamond help clean up Franklin Square park in downtown Oswego. They are part of a group named Punks Against Pollution who cleaned up litter around town May 6 and plan to continue their activities.