MORRIS PLAINS, NJ - Over 200 kids and adults walked around Morris Plains picking up trash and recyclables left along roadways and in open spaces. The group participated in the State's Clean Communities mini-grant program 

Clean Communities is a State-wide grant program funded through the NJ Clean Communities Council.  It’s a comprehensive, litter-abatement program created by the passage of the Clean Communities Act in 1986. The Act provides a funding source for the program by placing a tax on fifteen categories of businesses that may produce litter-generating products. Municipalities and counties programs to cleanup and educate.

During this one period alone an estimated 1100 pounds of trash was collected along with 180 pounds of recyclables. Candy wrappers and glass and plastic bottles and cups were dropped along the streets.  

The groups included Borough School’s 8th grade, Girl Scout Troops 402, 223, 5081, 4904 and 4903; Boy Scout Troop 39 and Cub Scout Troop 233; the Morristown High School Boys Soccer Boosters, Girls Tennis Club and Swim Team; and the Morris Plains Teen Center.  Later this year Girl Scout Troops 1644 and 271 will be doing special clean-ups to be sure the downtown is litter free for the holidays.

"We want to thank all those that participate in the Clean Communities program to help keep Morris Plains litter free", wrote Ellie Falco, Municpal Clean Communities Coordinator. "Morris Plains wants everyone to take responsibility for their actions and pride in the environment - don’t litter, put trash and recyclables in their proper place".

For more information about the Morris Plains Clean Communities program residents can go to the Borough of Morris Plains Web Site at