School Kids Sweep Up Day was successful for another year as 5th graders from Redshaw, Livingston, Lord Stirling and Lincoln Annex schools removed approximately 1,220 pounds of trash and 490 pounds of recyclables for an estimated total of .85 tons off the streets in their neighborhoods. All was taken by the New Brunswick DPW for proper disposal and recycling.
School Kids Sweep Up Day is held annually as part of the City’s Urban Cleanup Week. Students from elementary schools in town mobilize, grab gloves, safety vests and brooms and spend the day outside cleaning up litter and learning about the importance of recycling and proper trash disposal. They are then treated to a Clean City Celebration that entails the annual Slam Dunk the Junk basketball game.
To promote a little friendly competition, the schools were challenged to see how much they could collect as a team. Redshaw School came in first and earned the “Golden Broom” Award with 27 lbs per student.
The students were aided by employees from the New Brunswick DPW, Unitex and Coca-Cola, the event’s longtime sponsors. Unitex and Coca-Cola also donated lunch and bottled water to keep the students nourished.
Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management helped with a cleanup with the 5thgraders and ran the School Kids Sweep Up Day Prize Wheel – an environmental trivia prize wheel.
Another volunteer litter cleanup with Rutgers students removed approximately 1,025 pounds of trash and 675 pounds of recyclables for an estimated total of .84 tons.
Of course even more litter was removed by businesses, houses of worship and individual residents during Urban Cleanup Week.
Each year, the efforts of students, businesses, houses of worship and individual residents make a real difference in the cleanliness and beautification of our community, and each year, they all enthusiastically rise to the task of keeping their neighborhoods clean. They did an awesome job this year and we’re already gearing up for next year!