MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Recently released data from the New Jersey Clean Communities Council stated that New Jersey streets and highways have seen a 53 percent decrease over the past 13 years. 

“Litter is unsightly and can impact quality of life. Litter cleanup is a crucial part of protecting our natural resources,” said Assistant Commissioner Mark Pedersen of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Site Remediation and Waste Management Program, which administers the Clean Communities Program Fund.

Communities have adopted different programs to reduce the amount of litter on their streets and highways. In Morris Plains, scouts and school groups have picked up litter throughout town. In April 2018, the groups picked up five large trash bags of trash and one large bag of recyclables. The Town of Morristown holds annual Spring Clean Up days as well as an Adopt-a-Spot Program. The local Adopt-A-Spot Program invites local families, individuals and community groups to take care of a public spot throughout the year.  The volunteers keep an eye on their "spot" throughout the year, picking up trash and doing minor landscaping. 

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Businesses who are looking to help control litter can Adopt-a-Highway. Route 287 in Morristown as well as other state highways in New Jersey are looking for sponsors. Currently Route 24, 80, 10, 15, 120, 17, 208, 22, 21, 280, 3, 4, 495 and 78 are in need of sponsors. The Sponsor A Highway Program offers businesses and individuals the opportunity to enhance New Jersey’s roadways by sponsoring the maintenance of segments of state highways. Sponsors will be acknowledged by a sign with the business name and logo at the beginning of the highway section they are sponsoring.

For more information on Adopt-a-Spot contact Kathleen O'Neill Margiotta at 973-644-4363

For more information on sponsoring a highway, click HERE


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