WEST ORANGE, NJ — As the cold 2018 weather quickly becomes a thing of the past, residents West Orange are encouraged to leave that cabin fever behind this weekend by spending at least an hour outside cleaning up the place they call home to ensure that the township continues to shine.

As part of an ongoing community initiative dubbed "West Orange Clean," residents will take to the streets, wither individually or in groups, beginning Saturday and continuing through Sunday. Residents of all ages are urged to dedicate any hour of their day to grabbing a few trash bags, a trash grabber or gloves, and heading out in their neighborhood to pickup any trash they may find.

Once completed, all participants are encouraged to snap a photo and post to social media using the hashtag #WOClean.

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The launch of this campaign has been in the works via social media since February, when more than 100 residents responded positively to the suggestion in a local Facebook group. Late winter storms delayed the campaign, but residents continued to purchase trash grabbers, plan their pickup routes, schedule their local organizational groups/teams, and do a little "pre-work" ahead of this weekend's kick-off.

In face, some residents have posted on social media stating that they have been picking up any trash they find on their daily morning walks.

West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi noticed the campaign coming together on social media and has vowed to get involved.

"Several years ago, we pulled together a similar campaign with our Environmental Commission here in town," he said. "It's great to see our residents taking the initiative and coming together for what's best for the community. Hope this sparks some other great ideas!"

Guidelines for residents to get involved in the kick-off this weekend are as follows:

1. Round up the family, friends, neighbors, school groups, cub scouts, girl scouts, sports teams, etc. or participate as an individual.

2. Grab some trash bags, those grabber things, or gloves.

3. Spend an hour picking up trash around the house/business/neighborhood or anywhere in West Orange.

4. Post pictures of full trash bags to Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram with hashtag #WOClean

The "West Orange Clean" campaign is ongoing, and anyone can participate any time. Those residents who are out of town or have alternate plans during the kick-off weekend are encouraged to participate whenever they can to keep West Orange looking spotless. 

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