Litter is a big problem, and even more so since Hurricane Sandy. The Atlantic County Utilities Authority is planning to tackle it in a big way by partnering with the New Jersey Clean Communities Council, the New Jersey Department of Transportation and local volunteers to get Atlantic County state highways clean.
Unfortunately, many of Atlantic County’s ‘gateways,’ into Atlantic City are riddled with litter. With the kick-off of the busy tourist season upon us, the ACUA is working with area groups to be sure that Atlantic City puts its best foot forward with the hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to drive into the city over Memorial Day weekend.
“NJDOT crews have been busy this past week cleaning the north side of US Route 30 between the drawbridge in Atlantic City and Delilah Road,” said ACUA President Rick Dovey. “This Friday, May 17, ACUA will be focusing on the south side. This is the first time many will be visiting Atlantic City since Hurricane Sandy and we think it’s important for the entire county that we make the best impression possible.”
Area volunteer groups are responding the challenge.
“We’ll be joined at this Friday’s cleanup along Route 30 by the Absecon group Your Choice the People’s Choice,” Dovey noted. “The Ventnor Tourism Association has also stepped up to adopt Wellington Avenue, another major thoroughfare plagued by litter. These groups make a huge contribution in helping to keep Atlantic County clean and green, especially at such a critical time as the summer season for our area’s economy.”
Currently, the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) administers the Atlantic County Clean Communities program which encourages volunteer groups to ‘adopt’ county roadways and commit to a minimum of four cleanups a year. More than 46 percent of county roads are currently ‘adopted.’ The ‘Adopt-A-Highway’ program extends the program to now include state highways in addition to county roadways.
“ACUA really wants to encourage other businesses and volunteer organizations to do the same. Many people don’t realize the negative consequences of litter, both on wildlife and even home values,” Dovey explained.
Any groups interested in adopting a portion of either Route 30 or Route 40 entering Atlantic City, or anyone interested in adopting a county roadway, are encouraged to contact Rebecca Turygan at 609-272-6950.