UNION, NJ  - When the weather starts to break, the Township of Union holds its annual “Operation Clean Sweep” program.  Held on Saturday, the event is dedicated to beautifying and maintaining the cleanliness of the town.     

Lou Ulrich Superintendent of Public works said “we had junior high school students, club and civic groups and residents,” said Department of Public Works Superintendent Lou Ulrich.  “We have the groups go to the parks and basically clean litter.”

Kelly Scanlon, Clean Community Coordinator, said there were over 100 Burnet Middle School students help clean over five parks in town.  

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Deputy Mayor Joseph Florio said “It’s great seeing all of young people out cleaning the parks,” said Deputy Mayor Joseph Florio.  “It’s nice seeing the sense of community.”    

Volunteers were treated to a picnic following the cleanup at Rabkin Park.  “Operation Clean Sweep” is part of the Clean Communities Program, funded by a Clean Communities Grant. The NJ Clean Communities Program is a comprehensive, statewide litter-abatement program that has served NJ Residents and visitors for over 25 years.