ROXBURY, NJ – October is beautiful in Roxbury, as leaves change color, and a town-wide littler clean-up event just announced by the township stands to make the community even prettier.

The First Annual Litter Clean-up Day will take place Oct. 14, a Saturday, said Kellie Ann Keyes, the coordinator of the Roxbury Clean Communities Program. She said the town is looking for volunteers.

“The goal of the day is for residents, businesses and groups to join the community as volunteers to help clean up parks, trails, woodlands, roadsides and waterways of litter and debris,” said Keyes in a statement.

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She said the township is giving free T-shirts to the first 100 participants. Everybody who shows up for the event, which starts at 9 a.m. at the Roxbury Department of Public Works office on Dell Avenue, will get an “appreciation breakfast” before being given their assignments, trash bags, gloves and safety vests.

Keyes said assignments will be doled out based on age and safety.

“This is not only an ideal event for individuals, groups, employees or students to receive community service hours, but also a great way for environmental enthusiasts to contribute toward beautifying Roxbury,” Keyes said. “Participation is easy, fun and really makes a difference.”

She said the town “has a list of targeted areas” but she is hoping people will also recommend places in need of litter removal. “This is a collaborative effort between our office, in maintaining a list of problem areas, as well as any areas that residents recommend,” Keyes said.

However, there will be no litter clean-ups along major thoroughfares such as Route 10 and Route 46, Keyes noted.

Those interested in helping can sign-up online. Keyes can be reached at (973) 448-2053 for more information.