BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Residents and local organizations gathered Saturday morning to clean up public areas in Berkeley Heights for the Berkeley Heights Clean Communities Clean-Up Day.

In neon green shirts, volunteers met outside of the municipal building to be sorted into groups before taking off to their assigned locations.

Various groups went to sites including public areas on and around Springfield Ave., town hall, the library, Thomas P. Hughes Elementary School, Columbia Middle School, Governor Livingston High School, Seeleys Pond, and along the Passaic River, Secretary of The Suburban Chamber of Commerce Joseph Steiner said.

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Everybody and anybody is allowed to volunteer, Steiner said.

Some of the groups that came to lend a hand cleaning up include the GL football team, the GL girls field hockey team, Boys and Girls Scouts, Cub Scouts, rescue squad volunteers, GL’s Interact Club, the Rotary Club, the Alliance Club, the YMCA, as well as many others.

Clean-Up Day is now part of a state-wide program, a clean communities program, which is funded through a litter tax on all disposable containers, Steiner said.

“Every volunteer group gets to designate where their funds go to,” Steiner said.

The participants here are raising money and also helping the community at the same time, the Rotary Club President Tiffany Escott said.