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Environmental Commission 
Adopt-A-Spot

 

REPUBLIC SERVICES RENEWS ADOPTION OF METUCHEN ROAD SEGMENT

(South Plainfield, June 13.)   Division Manager Kevin Schaffer, on behalf of Republic Services d/b/a Midco Waste, has renewed Midco’s Adopt-A-Spot agreement with the South Plainfield Clean Business Association. The adopted roadside stretches from their transfer station’s Harmich Road frontage to the intersection of Metuchen Road and Belmont Avenue.   A rotating crew of fifteen to twenty people removes roadside litter weekly throughout the year.   During the growing season, a landscaping crew cuts the roadside grass once a month.

Metuchen Road is legendary in the Borough as an illegal dumping ground.   The road was paved some years back.  The increase in traffic combined with frequent patrols have reduced the dumping problem considerably.   Litter, however, is chronic, especially at the very busy Belmont Avenue intersection. This is part of an official truck route.   Also, even though the Republic Services trucks are covered, trash does occasionally fall out along the way.

Republic Services/Midco Waste is involved in the South Plainfield community.   In addition to the residential business, they handle solid waste disposal and recycling for hundreds of businesses in town. Until the Borough rejoined the Middlesex County recycling program this spring, Republic Services handled the recyclables collected at the Mary B. Mazepa Recycling Center on Kenneth Avenue. The CBA is glad to have them in the Adopt-A-Spot program.

For more information about the Adopt-A-Spot program, contact the Clean Communities Coordinator at (908) 226-7621 or e-mail  atempel@southplainfieldnj.com  .  


CONE FAMILY RENEWS ADOPT-A-SPOT CONTRACT

 (South Plainfield, May 26.)  Ms. Doreen Cone has renewed her Adopt-A-Spot agreement with the South Plainfield Clean Business Association for the coming year.  She and her stepson will continue to do weekly litter cleanups along Belmont Avenue stream crossing, between Metuchen Road and the Department of Public Works yard. 

This roadway is subjected to heavy truck traffic, including garbage trucks, so it has a constant input of litter.  Ms. Cone feels that it is important to keep the litter picked up to stop it from washing into the stream, where it can harm wildlife and reduce water quality.

The CBA is looking for more adopters for roadsides.  Hamilton Boulevard, Church Street, South Plainfield Avenue and Oak Tree Avenue all attract litter.  Another street that needs attention is the stretch of Plainfield Avenue between Sampton Avenue and the Middle School. For more information about the Adopt-A-Spot program, contact the Clean Communities Coordinator at (908) 226-7621 or e-mail atempel@southplainfieldnj.com

 

 

 

FOR PAL BUILDING AND HIGHLAND WOODS NATURE RESERVE

 (South Plainfield, May 16.)  The Pender and Moore Families are renewing their Adopt-A-Spot contracts with the South Plainfield Clean Business Association..  They will remove litter from the PAL Building and Community Pool grounds, and from the Highland Woods Environmental Education Reserve, for the next two years.  Ms. Pender will check these sites twice a week to see if they need work.  As many as eight family members will clean the PAL and Community Pool parking lots, and the area behind the Pool building, including the wooded area in back.  The Highland Woods Nature Reserve is a 35-acre wooded area which has also recently been adopted by Cub Pack 207.  The family will continue clearing litter from along the trail system as well as the area around the Nature Center on Sylvania Place.

Ms. Diane Pender has involved her family in this Clean Communities enterprise for over ten years.  They also have taken responsibility for litter removal from the Willow Park area behind borough hall, and they participate every year in the spring Volunteer Litter Cleanup Week.  Ms. Pender has said she and her family have enjoyed many hours of recreational activity in these areas.  They feel a great deal of pride in being South Plainfielders, and appreciate the opportunity to give back to the community.

The CBA is looking for more adopters for open space areas.  The Oak Tree Open Space parcel and the Belmont Avenue Open Space at Spruce Street are available for adoption.

  For more information about the Adopt-A-Spot program, contact the Clean Communities Coordinator at (908) 226-7621 or e-mail atempel@southplainfieldnj.com .

 


SOUTH PLAINFIELD LIONS CLUB RENEWS HAMILTON BOULEVARD ADOPTIONe

(South Plainfield, April 28.)  Michael Zushma, president of the South Plainfield Lions Club, has renewed the group’s agreement with the South Plainfield Clean Business Association to adopt a portion of Hamilton Boulevard. Four to ten people will continue to collect litter at least quarterly from the road where it runs along Route I287.

This stretch of road, from STS Auto to South Clinton Avenue, is across from The Home Depot. Litter blows out of the parking lot.  The road carries a high volume of traffic, including trucks.  Trash can drop out of improperly covered trucks and litter is tossed out of car windows by inconsiderate drivers. It is all trapped against the fence that separates the highway right-of-way from Hamilton Boulevard.  Joining in the Spring Cleanup on April 15, the club filled eight large bags with trash in just 1.5 hours.

The International Lions Club was founded in 1917.  The organization is best known for fighting blindness, but clubs also engage in many kinds of community projects, including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled. 

CBA President Joe Diegnan is glad that the Lions have agreed to continue adopting this spot, which is a hazardous area due to the high volume of traffic. If many groups each take responsibility for a small segment of the Borough, the town stays a clean, attractive place to live and work with minimal effort for each organization.

For more information about the Adopt-A-Spot program, contact the Clean Communities Coordinator at (908) 226-7621 or e-mail atempel@southplainfieldnj.com

 

​CUB SCOUT PACT 207 ADOPTS THE HIGHLAND WOODS

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION RESERVE

Brian Wilson, Den Leader in Cub Scout Pack 207, Franklin School, has signed an agreement with the South Plainfield Clean Business Association to adopt the Nature Center at the Highland Woods Nature Reserve.  The Pack, which has 55 members to draw on, will remove all litter from around the Nature Center, to keep the entranceway inviting.

Between ten and thirty cub scouts and adults will walk the trails on the last Saturday of each month. They will remove any litter and trash and clear the trails of fallen branches.  They intend to keep the wooden footbridges in repair as well, to ensure the trails are safe for hiking and nature study.

 The Nature Reserve is a wooded area nestled behind the residential neighborhood from Carmine Avenue to Highland Avenue off New Market, and the industrial properties on South Clinton Avenue. Two streams flow through it and a trail system offers visitors a chance to see wildflowers and wildlife in a variety of forest habitats.  Many studies have shown that litter can be very harmful to animals.  They may become entangled, may be injured on sharp objects, and some may mistake various plastic items for food.  As one of the few natural areas left in South Plainfield, the Nature Reserve needs to be maintained as a safe refuge for wildlife as well as for the human members of the community.

 

MOORE AND PENDER FAMILIES RENEW ADOPT-A-SPOT CONTRACT

 (South Plainfield, November 23.)  The Pender and Moore Families are renewing their Adopt-A-Spot contract with the South Plainfield Clean Business Association to remove litter from Willow Park for the next two years.  The agreement was suspended last year when the former Skate Park was dismantled to make way for an expanded municipal complex parking lot.  The entire parking lot was reconstructed after the public library renovation was finished. Park redevelopment was completed this year with the installation of a tot lot.  Ms. Diane Pender immediately contacted the CBA and asked if her family could again begin their litter control efforts in the park, including the new parking lot.

As many as eight family members will pick up litter three times a month.  Ms. Pender also intends to monitor the site regularly. She believes it is important to stay on top of the litter problem in these heavily used areas.  She and her family feel a great deal of pride in being South Plainfielders, and appreciate the opportunity to give back to the community.

The CBA is looking for more adopters for parks.  Cotton Street Park, Putnam Park and Walnut Street Park are available for adoption.

  For more information about the Adopt-A-Spot program, contact the Clean Communities Coordinator at (908) 226-7621 or e-mail atempel@southplainfieldnj.com

 


INVESTORS BANK RENEWS ADOPT-A-SPOT CONTRACT

FOR METUCHEN ROAD

 (South Plainfield, September 1.)  Miguel Carvalho, Branch Manager of Investors Bank at 2449 Plainfield Avenue, has renewed the branch’s Adopt-A-Spot agreement with the South Plainfield Clean Business Association.  A crew of six or more employees will continue to do quarterly litter cleanups along Metuchen Road from Belmont Avenue to Oak Tree Avenue.  An employee drives by every week to check on conditions and maintain the area between cleanups.  

Metuchen Road has been legendary in the Borough as an illegal dumping ground.  Dumping decreased after the road was completely paved to the Edison border, but extra traffic brings extra litter.  The stretch between Oak Tree and Belmont Avenues is particularly busy, and litter accumulates quickly.

Investors Bank first adopted this roadside in 2013.  Under Mr. Carvalho’s leadership, the branch has been an active participant in community organizations such as the South Plainfield Business Association and the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce as well as the SP Clean Business Association, and participates in the Mayor’s Health Fairs and other Borough events.

The CBA is looking for more roadside adopters.  The rest of Metuchen Road and the length of South Clinton Avenue are available for adoption.

  For more information about the Adopt-A-Spot program, contact the Clean Communities Coordinator at (908) 226-7621 or e-mail  atempel@southplainfieldnj.com

 

 

 


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