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Rockland Recognizes 'King Of Trash'

John LaPlaca receives award for being 'Trash King."
John LaPlaca receives award for being 'Trash King." Photo Credit: Rockland County Government

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- He might not look like a king, but Suffern resident John LaPlaca is known as the "King of Trash," around Rockland County for helping to keep the county clean.

LaPlaca has picked up more than 1,000 bags of trash from the county's roads, streams, and parks every year for the past 19 years.

To honor him for his efforts, Rockland County Executive Ed Day named LaPlaca the "Outstanding Environmental Volunteer for 2017" during a special ceremony on Thursday.

In addition to a plaque, a tree was planted in his honor at Kennedy-Dells County Park.

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