On the morning of Saturday, October 3, South Plainfield citizens came together to enjoy a brisk autumn day and give the Borough a much-needed cleaning. Because volunteer litter cleanups had to be canceled due to Covid19 restrictions, no volunteer litter cleanups had been done for eighteen months. And it showed. But in August, the NJ Clean Communities Council gave the go-ahead to hold cleanups if certain precautions were followed. The Clean Communities Advisory Board developed new protocols and invited the public to a Fall Litter Cleanup event.
Fall cleanups are usually smaller-scale than the Borough-wide efforts in the spring, but this year enough people came out to cover 20 locations and gather 95 bags of litter and trash. With most of the cleanup reports turned in, it appears that at least 115 people put in 221 worker-hours to clean 3 road miles and 62 acres of open space. The Department of Public Works collected the bags for disposal early the next week.
Students in the High School Environmental Club organized themselves into 7 groups of no more than ten people for Covid-safe working conditions, and took on some of our most challenging spots, including the Park Avenue overpass. Members of the Buddha Light International Association tackled the County Green Acres land at Clinton Avenue Extension and pulled 13 bags of trash out of the marshy tangle of underbrush. The Knights of Columbus worked Montrose, Kennedy and Pomponio, filling 12 bags and gathering over 100 pounds of large debris.
Other participating groups included the South Plainfield Business Association, Stillman Photography Services, Boy Scouts Troops 309 and 125, The Democratic and Republican Organizations, and representatives of the South Plainfield Green Team. Unaffiliated families and individuals all fanned out to their assigned spots and put in two or more hours picking up what others had dropped. The Clean Communities Advisory Board thanks them for their efforts and community spirit.