Litter is a big problem and the Atlantic County Clean Communities Program is planning to tackle it in a big way. The Second Annual Countywide Clean Up is set for this weekend and includes volunteers committed to making Atlantic County a cleaner, greener place for all residents.
“With more than 120 groups representing 700 volunteers having adopted 350 miles of County roadways, you might think that the problem of litter and its environmental impact on wildlife and waterways would be under control,” said ACUA President Richard S. Dovey. “However, a drive down many roadsides or a walk on the beach reveals the pervasiveness of the problem and makes clear the need to join together to combat it,” Dovey added.
Coordinated by the Atlantic County Utilities Authority‘s Clean Communities’ program, the idea for a countywide clean up has been embraced by community groups throughout the county. The three-day event will begin on Friday, May 13st with a focus on Atlantic City. Two groups of approximately 40 people each will be cleaning two different sections in the city. The first group formed by employees of Wyndham Hotel in North Carolina Avenue, will be cleaning along the boardwalk and beach between Revel Casino and Wyndham Hotel (approximately a 1.2 mile stretch). A second group formed by Atlantic City High School students and Atlantic City High School NAVY ROTC, will be cleaning from Wellington Avenue to Black Horse Pike and the section of the Black Horse Pike between Wellington Avenue and the Atlantic City High School. ACUA crews will be assisting the different groups, providing supplies and support as needed.
On the same day, ACUA employees will be cleaning up the main roads in front of ACUA facilities on Delilah Rd in Egg Harbor Township, and Route 30 in Atlantic City.
Several other sites including beaches and parks have been targeted for cleaning and local groups, schools and individuals are encouraged to contact the ACUA to sign up.
The clean ups will continue during the weekend with Egg Harbor Township’s Pride Day and Port Republic Clean Up Day, both on Saturday, May 14th.
For more information on how to get involved in any of these activities, please call the ACUA at 272-6950.