SPARTA, NJ-Sparta Bag It Day, a day for the community to pick up trash along the roads and in the parks in Sparta, was held on Sunday, April 27.

"Sparta Bag It Day has turned into a great community event.  It is really nice to see how the event has grown over the last few years.  It makes you proud to be a Sparta resident," according to Doug Radford of Realty Executives and member of the the Fox Hollow Association.

John Middleton from the Sparta Elks Club stated, "We are a charity organization whose purpose is to serve the community.  Partnering with other organizations in our town with the same goals is a great way to help build our community even more. It truly is amazing how much can get done on Bag-It-Day with a group so dedicated. The area behind and around Mohawk Avenue School is important to most, if not all, residents in Sparta. Whether it is our children attending MAS, or our families using the park facilities immediately surrounding MAS, we are all affected.  It was our pleasure to come and help clean-up this vital piece of our community."

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Matt Putnam commented, "Though the task probably does not get a lot of participation, It is important for the Sparta community to contribute and win the war against road trash. Our daughters BethAnn and Charlotte were able to collect a total of four bags of trash on Edison Road.  More interesting with the activity was the development with the kids on being more connected to the community and having a deeper sense of Sparta pride.  It reminded BethAnn and Charlotte to be part of the solution."

Angelo Bolcato from Laddey Clark & Ryan said, "We had nine team members out cleaning Blue Heron Interchange Plaza and Route 181. We take great pride in Laddey, Clark & Ryan’s home town of Sparta and are grateful to be able to assist in this important program.  It’s a great sense of accomplishment to compare the mental 'before' snapshot of the roads we cleaned with the roads after we’re done.  It’s a noticeable difference."

Martha Berghahn, from the Junior Woman's Club of Sparta said, "My daughter asked me why there were so many cigarette butts on the ground.  Almost one-half of the pieces of garbage seemed to be the butts, not the bottles, Styrofoam cups or candy wrappers. I responded that smokers often throw the cigarette butt out the window of the car as they drive.  My other daughter asked why they couldn't just take them home and throw them away at home.  I didn't have a response except to say that per the Earth Day program at Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority, cigarette butts are the predominant litter and can hurt plants and animals when the nicotine runs into the ground after rain. If someone smokes, they should take the cigarette butts home."

Town Council member Gil Gibbs added, "This is a terrific program. I think the volunteers and groups who help clean up the litter and debris along the roadways throughout Sparta are definitely making a difference to the quality of life here. It is a great example of civic minded individuals working to make the Community a little bit nicer. These folks work really hard and are a great example of the spirit of volunteerism." 

"It was awesome to see businesses, organizations, neighborhood groups, families and individuals working to help keep Sparta a beautiful township," according to Mitch Morrison. 

This is an annual event, organized, supplied and executed by volunteers from the community.