ELIZABETH CELEBRATES EARTH DAY WITH SLAM DUNK THE JUNK CITYWIDE CLEANUP

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ELIZABETH CELEBRATES EARTH DAY WITH SLAM DUNK THE JUNK CITYWIDE CLEANUP
 
ELIZABETH, NJ— May 1, 2015 - On Thursday, April 30, 2015, Mayor J. Christian Bollwage joined Sandy Huber, Executive Director of the Clean Communities Council, City Council President Patricia Perkins-Auguste, Councilman-At-Large Manny Grova, Jr. and First Ward Councilman Carlos Torres at this year’s Slam Dunk the Junk event. This annual celebration of Earth Day draws hundreds of volunteers from the city and county, along with non-profit and private organizations, who joined together to clean and beautify the neighborhoods throughout the City of Elizabeth. 
 
“Earth Day is a wonderful opportunity for the City of Elizabeth to increase awareness about the importance of keeping our City clean,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “By working together, we can create an environment that demonstrates how recycling, properly disposing of trash or beautifying our surroundings can make a lasting impression for future generations. I would like to thank everyone who participated in yesterday’s event.” 
 
The Earth Day event, which began at 9:00 a.m. outside of City Hall, attracted four hundred and fifty (450) volunteers, who collected four hundred (400) bags of garbage. From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the teams cleaned up various sites that they had chosen in the City, including Broad Street, Elizabeth Avenue, Front Street, Mattano Park and Jackson Park.
 
This year’s teams included: Elizabethtown Gas, Union County College Student Government, Historic Midtown Special Improvement District, 814 America’s Inc., Regional Industries, Girl Scout Troop 40755, Groundwork Elizabeth, Acatvis, Elizabeth Avenue Partnership, MIRA USA, IKEA, New Jersey Youth Corps, OLGA, Elizabeth Senior Centers and the Elizabeth Public Library.
 
Earth Day concluded with an awards luncheon at 12:00 p.m. at the Peterstown Community Center, located at 418 Palmer Street. Gold, silver and bronze brooms were awarded to the most successful cleanup teams, which included: Union County College, MIRA USA, and New Jersey Youth Corps.
 
“I applaud all of the organizations and volunteers, who dedicated their time and effort, to revitalizing our neighborhoods,” said Councilman-at-Large Manny Grova, Jr. “Keeping our community free of debris and litter improves the environment as well as enhances the appearance of our municipality. I encourage everyone to take pride in the beautification of our home."
 
This year’s Earth Day event was hosted by Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, the City of Elizabeth and New Jersey Clean Communities, which is a community driven, statewide litter abatement program funded by the Clean Communities Act. This program is managed by the New Jersey Clean Communities Council and the State Department of Environmental Protection and Treasury, which work with municipalities and counties to keep New Jersey clean.
 
Sponsors for the event include: The City of Elizabeth, the County of Union, Elizabeth Public Library, Groundwork Elizabeth, Historic Midtown Special Improvement District, Elizabeth Avenue Partnership, Shoprite, Coca-Cola Company, Union County College, Elizabethtown Gas, Waste Management and Regional Industries.