PISCATAWAY, NJ – Now in its ninth year, Piscataway's annual Community-Wide Cleanup Litter Day took place on Saturday, Earth Day with 400 volunteers teaming up to beautify the township's 26 parks.

"This year was super successful," said the Clean Community Day coordinator and Ward 4 Councilwoman, Michele Lombardi. She said she was excited to be able to hold the cleanup on the official date for Earth Day which this year promotes environmental and climate literacy.

"We received a Clean Community Grant to provide the garbage bags, work gloves and other supplies for the volunteers to use," Lombardi explained, expressing her gratitude to everyone who participated in the cleanups.

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While most of the volunteers were from local Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, many families and members of the business communities joined them to provide cleanup coverage around town.

"Sixty members from the Senior Center and Sterling Village also participated, picking up litter from the areas around the JFK Library on Hoes Lane," Lombardi said, adding that signs were hung in various places to remind park-goers to not litter and dispose of their trash appropriately.

Councilwoman Lombardi and her volunteer staff of ten are already making plans for the 2018 Cleanup Day, which will mark the 10th year of the program in Piscataway.

"Last year we made a commemorative T-shirt for the 350th Anniversary of the town, so we're going to have one made to honor the 10th year of the cleanup day," she said, noting the grant also covered the cost of the red T-shirts that everyone wore during this year’s cleanups.

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