ABSECON — People of all ages are expected to arrive at the City Hall parking lot April 22 for the ninth annual Green Day Clean Up and shredding service, according to Bob Battista, city recycling director.
The cleanup runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is based out of the city’s municipal complex, 500 Mill Road.
“Basically, what we do is a cleanup of various parts of the city,” he said. “There are a couple of areas that need our attention.”
Battista said he'd like to focus on areas such as New Jersey Avenue near the ShopRite, Illinois Avenue underneath the railroad bridge and the grounds around Pitney Park.
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“You can always find litter,” he said. “People have to realize that you just can’t throw things out of the car. You see it every day.”
Residents may go to other areas they would like to target, he said.
Battista said there are times when vehicle owners don’t realize they are littering.
“The guys throw stuff into the back of their trucks,” Battista said, “and they don’t realize that it blows off the back. You’ve got to realize there are a lot of trucks on the road.”
He said groups such as the American Legion, VFW, Green Team and Lions Club always come out for Green Day.
Battista said he will keep younger people in and around the park where they are safer.
“We get them involved with environmentalism early in their lives,” he said.
Usually, Battista schedules two or three programs at the schools.
“We are trying to get the children to say to their parents, ‘Don’t do that,’’’ he said. “They are our ambassadors.”
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The Atlantic County Utilities Authority provides materials, such as black bags for garbage, clean bags for recyclables, pickers, gloves and shirts, he said.
Residents may have their own documents shredded for free, Battista said.
“It’s very popular,” he said. “I start getting calls in October.”
Last year, residents shredded a combined 5,980 pounds — almost a pound per adult resident.
An outside company provides big containers for residents to deposit their unwanted documents, Battista said. The company then dumps the documents into a shredder while residents watch on a screen.