ROXBURY, NJ - Despite cold temperatures, members of the Roxbury High School football team hit the road recently with a cleanup to kick off their participation in Roxbury's Clean Communities Adopt-A-Road program. 

As members of the Adopt-A-Road program, the team has adopted Emmans Road, plus the walking path off of Bryant Drive, for cleanups that take place at least twice yearly (usually in the spring and fall) for the past two years. This is a great way to promote team camaraderie, civic responsibility and community spirit.

Not only did the team have fun, but the players also felt a sense of satisfaction cleaning up the environment.  The group even found some entertainment in the things it found including an exhaust manifold, hubcaps, campaign signs and an outdoor skeet thrower. 

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In just a few hours, the team collected more than 125 pounds of trash and recyclables.

During the cleanup a few players noted they had been on the road before the cleanup and didn’t think there was much to pick up. They were surprised once they started working the area to see how much there was hidden in the nooks and crannies.

The team was impressed with the amount of material it was able to collect, seeing right away it made a difference in the area.

If you feel frustrated by seeing litter lying around your street, park or our roadways, why not adopt that spot and volunteer to help keep your spot litter-free? The township will provide free resources to help.

For more information about the Adopt-A-Spot program, Clean Communities Program and mini-grant opportunities, contact Kellie Ann Keyes at keyesk@roxburynj.us.