PATERSON, NJ - Would you like to volunteer to clean up the Passaic River or some other New Jersey waterway?

The New Jersey Clean Communities Council (NJCCC) will be targeting urban waterways as part of the 30th-annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) on Saturday, September 19. To prepare, the NJCCC is compiling a list of the dirtiest river banks in New Jersey and is asking for public input.

Many factories and other industrial uses have been established near rivers over the years for immediate access to transportation, creating dirty waterways across New Jersey.

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“We successfully targeted rivers for last year’s ICC, and are targeting rivers again because of their heavy contribution to the pollution and trash into major bodies of water,” said NJCCC Executive Director Sandy Huber. “By focusing on rivers, we can control the extensive debris that washes up on our shores.” 

NJCCC hopes to sign 2,000 volunteers for the cleanup. The international event also kicks off the council’s busy fall cleanup season.

Last year, on a worldwide scale, the ICC collected more than 12 million pounds of trash – the most ever in the event’s history, with the help of more than 600,000 volunteers.

New Jersey volunteers are asked to take part by joining a confirmed cleanup effort, or coordinating their own, and registering by the September 1 deadline. NJCCC will provide the official bags for trash and recyclables as well as gloves, data cards and other materials to registered volunteers. 

To register, email njccc@njclean.org or call 609-989-5900. 

ICC is hosted nationally by Ocean Conservancy, a Washington, D.C.-based environmental nonprofit advocacy organization that promotes healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems. 

Ocean Conservancy publishes the world’s only item-by-item, location-by-location snapshot of ocean trash. Readers can share their passion for cleaner waterways at facebook.com/oceanconservancy and on Twitter @OurOcean or twitter.com/OurOcean.

Contact the NJCCC if you have a suggested riverbank that needs a clean-up.