Preferred Mutual Embraces Earth Day with Route 8 Roadside Cleanup

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Twenty employees spent their Monday afternoon cleaning up a two-mile stretch of Route 8 in New Berlin.

On Earth Day, Monday, April 22, employees from Preferred Mutual Insurance Company ("Preferred Mutual") joined together for the Adopt-A-Highway Program to help reduce the direct link between human activity and the decline of the world’s wildlife populations.  This was the seventh year that Preferred Mutual employees organized the cleanup along Route 8 in New Berlin in conjunction with Steve’s Speedies and New York Pizzeria who also share sections of the highway.

Preferred Mutual picked Earth Day for their annual roadside cleanup not only to promote environmental awareness, but also to show their support for Earth Day 2019's campaign to reduce human impact on the balance of nature; the impact, specifically, on plant and wildlife populations.  According to the Earth Day Network, we are amidst the largest period of species extinction in the last 60 million years!

Twenty employees spent their Monday afternoon cleaning up a two-mile stretch of Route 8 in New Berlin.  The team collected more than 20 bags of trash including a wide assortment of plastic debris, proving that even an afternoon of clean-up is both effective and powerful.

New York State's Adopt-A-Highway Program was initiated in 1990.  Volunteers of this program "adopt" sections of highway and pledge to keep it free of litter and debris.

About Preferred Mutual

Preferred Mutual Insurance Company provides property and casualty insurance coverage to more than 232,000 individual and business customers through a network of more than 500 independent agents located throughout New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. In business since 1896, Preferred Mutual is rated “A” by A.M. Best Company and is headquartered in New Berlin, New York. Learn more at

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