Coleco Industries in Mayfield, NY, famous for toys like Cabbage Patch Kids, went bankrupt in 1988 but its plastic legacy lives on through the environmental effects that can still be found throughout the region's waterways. The Amsterdam Environmental Study Team, Katherine Hemsley, Frank Staley, Andrew Francisco, and Corey Cherizard, from the Schoharie River Center trace the impacts through interviews with residents and by taking samples from several sites using Raman spectroscopy with the help of Union College's Department of Geology. Watch what the Team discovers in this remarkable and devastating story that has implications for New York state and beyond. This is a Stories: YES project which was supported by Schoharie River Center and New York Folklore Society.
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