ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury's April 13 Earth Day observation turned into a month-long event as more than 100 volunteers from various groups fanned out in the township during the past 30 days to remove debris from parks, roadways and neighborhoods, said Roxbury Clean Communities Coordinator Kellie Ann Keyes.
“We’ve had several groups who wanted to participate in the cleanup, but everyone’s schedule is so hectic committing to one particular day was challenging," Keyes said. "So we had cleanups scheduled on different days and times throughout the month to try and accommodate those who wanted to participate."
Throughout April into early May, volunteers gathered trash and debris in a collection effort that coincided with the annual Raritan River Headwaters Stream Cleanup of the West Morris Greenway and Midland Park streams, Keyes said.
"Our all-volunteer effort collected 104 bags of trash, 54 bags of recycling, 23 tires, 225 plastic bags and 201 plastic bottles," she said." Among the debris, there were several notable odd items collected including a bicycle, a fishing rod, a large about of metal rebar and a wooden playset, according to Keyes.
“It was so much fun to see so many people come together to take care of their local environment,” she commented. “We depend on people power to help create a healthy environment for all of us to enjoy”.
A number of the groups participating in the clean-up qualified for a mini-grant based on their involvement while others - such as the Roxbury School District bus drivers - signed up to adopt an area on Hillside Avenue to maintain throughout the year, Keyes said.
The combination of Adopt-A-Spot sponsors, individual volunteers, groups such a Roxbury football, Roxbury lacrosse and Roxbury Project Graduation, tackled the following areas
- Circle Drive (King House)
- Emmans Road, including Nalron Field and Emmans Road soccer fields
- Landing Pond
- Mill Road
- Mooney Road
- Mountain Road
- Mount Arlington Road:
Anyone interested in participating in the Adopt-A-Road or Adopt-A-Spot program or would like information on upcoming events, can contact Keyes at 973-448-2053 or go to roxburynj.us/cleancommunities.