Rahway Residents Encouraged to Participate in Annual Rahway River Cleanup

Young volunteers from a previous year's cleanup. Credits: Susan R. Bonnell

RAHWAY, NJ – The Rahway River Watershed Association will conduct its annual Rahway River cleanup in celebration of Earth Day on Saturday, April 22.

Residents are encouraged to volunteer as they work in teams to clean up and collect debris from sections of the river.

“This is a great way to celebrate Earth Day and if you haven't participated in an event like this before, you will find it invigorating to be out in the woods and you will feel good about what you have accomplished,” the association wrote in an email to TAPinto Rahway. “It is also a lot of fun, especially for scouts and young adults as they always find something interesting.”

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In years past, volunteers have collected tires, cans, bottles, plastics, bicycles and more. Gloves and garbage bags are provided by Union County.

“Each participant should bring a standard 5-gallon carry bucket with a handle and your name on the bottom,” the email reads. “This makes for easy carrying of stuff for transfer to the large garbage bags. When we complete the event we do a basic inventory of the big stuff that we removed, and within approximately 24 hours Union County Parks removes and disposes of all the trash.”

All participants should wear jeans, long-sleeved shirts, gloves and boots. The cleanup beings at 9 a.m. and lasts until 1 p.m., but volunteers are encouraged to arrive for any amount of time they can give. No reservation is required, but volunteers should arrive to one of the designated meeting places on the map above.

“It is our hope to have enough folks participate that we can have teams work as far upstream as Kenilworth Boulevard and downstream through Nomahegan Park all the way south to Mohawk Park,” the email reads.

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