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A rusted engine block removed from Phillips Park and a grimy tire retrieved from a creek near Bailey Lane were just some of the unusual items that volunteers collected during the Township’s March 23 Community Cleanup Day.
Approximately 200 volunteers assigned to 21 different locations around the community collected 3,180 pounds of litter from our streets, parks, schools and waterways.
“A healthy environment is the foundation of our community,” said Mayor Eric Hinds. “The tranquil settings of our passive parks and preserved lands, and the greenery that surrounds our more active facilities and historical sites are integral to our way of life. We owe so much to the natural beauty of our municipality, and I’m so proud to live in a place where so many friends, family members and neighbors are willing to work together to preserve these gifts.”
Volunteers met members of the Recreation Department, Police Department, Department of Public Works (DPW) and Township Committee at the Senior/Community Center on Saturday morning, where they received free t-shirts, recyclable tote bags, community service hour sheets and a cleanup location at one of the following sites.
“When you put on events like this, you never know what the turnout will be, but we had volunteers coming in waves throughout the morning and afternoon. It speaks to the passion this community has to take ownership in its environmental health, and to preserve the resources we have for future generations. I can’t thank enough the volunteers who joined us, and our Township workers for coordinating it all,” said Recreation Department Director Bob Ward.
Police Department and DPW personnel were stationed along roadways and near various off-road sites to guide through-traffic safely and efficiently past cleanup locations and our volunteers.
“This was a total team effort, and I can’t thank everyone enough for their patience and commitment to our community cleanup. Because this effort was so well-organized and supported by so many residents and volunteers, we were able to remove more than 1.5 tons of garbage from areas of our community we cherish most. That’s a successful day.”