More than fifty people showed up on Saturday, September 21 to clear litter from South Clinton Avenue, Montrose Avenue, and adjacent roadsides. For two hours, volunteers in bright reflective vests worked in the early fall sunshine behind orange cones set up to warn traffic of the litter crews ahead. Fortunately, traffic in this industrial area is lighter than usual on a Saturday morning.
The High School Environmental Science Club came out in force with the Soccer Team. Eleven members of the Buddha Light International Association worked. Scouts were represented by Brownie Troop 65008, and Approved Fire Protection came from business community. The South Plainfield Environmental Commission members joined with other friends and families as, all together, they filled over forty bags with plastic and paper litter, bottles, cans and junk. Covering nearly three road miles, they collected more than 1700 pounds of trash.
Participants not only came to clean; they supported the SP Clean Business Association’s toiletries drive. About twenty-five pounds of various personal care products were donated to benefit the Borough’s Food Pantry
With a few exceptions, the businesses that line South Clinton, Montrose and Saint Nicholas Avenues are generally very good about property maintenance and keeping their frontages clean. Several have earned the Clean Communities Advisory Board’s Glitter Award. Even in this well-kept area, our volunteers collected hundreds of pounds of litter and trash. Litter control requires ongoing efforts, and, like housework, is never done. The CCAB and the SPCBA are grateful to the volunteers who help keep our shared home an enjoyable, healthful place to live and work.