ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury Township's second annual town-wide Litter Clean-Up Day will take place Saturday, Oct. 13, and town officials are hoping people volunteer to participate.
The cleanup will take place 9 a.m. to noon, commencing at the Roxbury Department of Public Works (DPW) office at 96 North Dell Ave., in Kenvil.
"The goal of the day is for individuals, residents, businesses and groups to join the community as volunteers to help clean up parks, trails, woodlands, roadsides, neighborhoods and waterways of litter and debris," said Kellie Ann Keyes, coordinator of the Roxbury Clean Communities Program, in a statement.
Keyes pointed out that clean-ups can be of any size.
"Why not encourage a neighborhood clean-up?" she asked. "If there are families on your street that would like to take care of a specific location within your area of town, sign up for our litter clean-up and we will make sure supplies are provided for your group."
The day will begin with an "appreciation breakfast" and free T-shirt distribution for the first 100 participants, followed by assignments and instructions, said Keyes. She said tasks are given according to age and safety. Trash bags, gloves and vests will be provided. Some travel might be necessary for certain locations assigned, Keyes advised.
"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 towards beautifying Roxbury," Keyes noted.
Volunteers of all ages can to sign up online at www.roxburynj.us/cleanupform or call 973-448-2053 for additional information.
"Participation is easy, fun and really makes a difference," Keyes said. "Suggested areas for litter removal are also welcome. Let’s do our part to keep Roxbury clean and green."
Keyes said last year's event was the first she coordinated.
"We had approximately 45 volunteers from Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, individuals, along with the high school Interact Club and Key Club," she said. "The volunteers broke off into separate groups to clean up a number of areas in town including Dell Avenue Park, the perimeter of Kennedy School as well as heavily traveled town roads such as Dell Avenue, Mill Road and Little Lane. The volunteers collected 24 bags of trash and 25 bags of recycling. Our first clean-up was a successful day but we would really like to see the number of our volunteers double this year."
Once is Often Not Enough
Keyes said there are many areas that require clean ups several times throughout the year. "Even the cleanest neighborhoods have the occasional litterbug," she said. "Individuals are much more likely to litter into a littered environment. By contrast, a clean community discourages littering and improves overall community quality of life."
Availability and proximity to trash and recycling receptacles also impact whether someone chooses to litter, Keyes said. "So if you see a rogue piece of trash on your morning walk, pick it up and throw it away," she advised. "Basically, litter produces more litter."
The township is going to be "relatively flexible when it is comes to clean-up locations," Keyes said. "If a resident notices an area in town that deserves some attention, they can contact our office and request to be assigned to that particular area. There is no limited to where a clean-up can be performed. However, areas are assigned based on the size of the group, age and safety. "