NEW BRUNSWICK – Urban Cleanup Week, a multi-part plan to spruce up city neighbors and yards, dispose of paints and computers and even plant some flowers, will begin April 14 and run through April 22, which is the date for this year’s Earth Day.
Volunteers will take to the streets April 14 and 15, and again April 21 to clean litter in different neighborhoods. Community service groups are being sought to help conduct the cleanups both during the week and beyond. People interested in helping can call the city Division of Clean Communities at (732) 745-5245.
That Monday, April 16, will be “Make Your Storefront Look Great Day," with the city urging businesses to remove litter and graffiti on their properties and wash sidewalks and window. The city is also asking the owners to go a little bit beyond, cleaning two feet into the street.
The following day, April 17, children will get involved, with fifth-grade students from city schools participating in “School Kids Sweep-up Day,” which will involve litter cleanup and education about keeping community clean. There will also be a Clean City Celebration and an annual “Slam Dunk the Junk” basketball tournament.
City residents on Wednesday, April 18, can drop off old television sets, computers, paint at the Department of Public Works, 400 Jersey Ave., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents can also pick-up free biodegradable leaf bags and a free cooking oil recycling container.
April 20 is designated “Flower-up Friday,” with the first 200 residents able to get two free packs of annual flowers from the Livingston Park Nursery, 1036 How Lane, near Livingston Avenue. Additional flowers will be available at a discounted rate.
The program concluded with “Sweep-up Sunday, with the city is asking residents to remove liter from front lawns, sidewalks and curbs as well as two feet into the street.
All of this is an effort by city leaders to encourage residents keep their neighbors clean and litter free year around.
More information about the program is available at the city’s DPW website.
April 22 also marks Earth Day. This will be the 48th anniversary of Earth Day, which is directed by the federal Environmental Protection to promote clean air, land and water.