SPARTA, NJ - Earth Day is celebrated on April 22- a Saturday this year- and community members will be celebrating with an annual Community Clean Up. Last year the Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation had well over 100 volunteers participate in cleaning up our community.  More than 100 bags of trash and 20 full bags of recyclables were collected in just a few hours.

Organizers are encouraging participation in the Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation Celebrates Earth Day event, so the community “can beautify your neighborhood and prevent waste from entering our waterways during spring and summer rains.”

The Preservation Foundation is asking for volunteers groups like boy scouts, girl scouts, ecology and environmental clubs and other organizations, as well as individuals, to pledge to participate in this Earth Day event. Supplies will be provided.

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“Let us know that you want to help by contacting Craig Kalucki," spokes person Laura Parker said. “Our event leaders will assist you in choosing an area to cleanup. Last year our volunteers removed over 10,000 nonbiodegradable cigarette filters in just a few hours.”

The Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation is also planning an Earth Day Volunteer Pre-Celebration Event at the Lake House Cafe in White Deer Plaza on Friday evening, April 21 beginning at 5 p.m. Supplies will be distributed and light refreshments will be served. For those who cannot make it to this event, volunteers will also be able to pick up supplies for the Earth Day clean up on Saturday morning at the Lake House Cafe.

As incentive to clean up the “cigarette butts that have carelessly been discarded,” the organizers are offering team prizes.  They will also have other prizes announced at the pre-celebration event.  Details and updates will be posted and messages can be left on the Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation facebook page. 

Organizers can assist in choosing a location for participating groups.