Annual Fall Clean Up Day This Weekend

Volunteers, organizations to pick up litter throughout township.

The Annual Fall Clean Up Day will be held Saturday, with volunteers taking time to pick up litter throughout the township.

"This is a community effort to make Montville Township 'litter free' with a fall clean up of public roads, properties and parks," according to the Montville Township Recreation Department, which sponsors the event.

Local families and civic groups at 9 a.m. Those who registered by the Sept. 11 deadline will receive specific assignments for sections in the township that need clean up work, including roadways, parks and open space properties. The volunteers will clean for one to two hours and will be given gloves, bags and grabbers to assist them.

According to Montville Township Recreation Director Maryann Witty, the township has hosted the program for the past five years as part of a state requirement to do two townwide clean ups per year. The township receives state grants to pay civic organizations to participate in four clean up events per year and Witty said she typically schedules one for the fall, one for the spring (around Earth Day) and the other two when they are convenient for the groups.

"The intent is to clean up our roadways/park sites and stress the recycling of found items (separating garbage from recyclables)," Witty said.

About 60 volunteers are expected to participate on Saturday, including about 12 groups. During the spring clean up event, Witty said usually more than 20 groups participate.

Volunteers are expected to gather at the township municipal building between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Saturday for refreshments and to receive their assignments.

Anyone interested in more information should contact Montville Township Recreation Director Maryann Witty at 973-331-3344.


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