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Cleaning up the city

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Bayonneites cleaned sections of the city in teams. Photos via Mayor James Davis's Facebook.
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Debris, including tires and other trash, was fished out of the water along the Bayonne shoreline.
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Bayonneites cleaned sections of the city in teams. Photos via Mayor James Davis's Facebook.
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Debris, including tires and other trash, was fished out of the water along the Bayonne shoreline.

Bayonne residents heeded the call for the city’s annual Earth Day Cleanup. While not on Earth Day itself, the cleanup honors the day as teams have been cleaning  sections of the city since 2017.

“So many great teams got together today to help clean our beautiful city!,” Mayor James Davis said. “Thank you to everyone who worked so hard today for our annual Earth Day celebration!”

Last year, the city held a socially distant at-home cleanup due to the stay-at-home order. Residents cleaned garbage and debris around their homes, such as used masks and gloves that continue to litter streets and sidewalks. On April 24 this year, the city shifted back to its traditional format.

Turnout was excellent, as residents cleaned parks and the shoreline. Photos of the cleanup were front and center on Davis’s and the city’s social media pages.

“It was great to see so many caring people chipping in to beautify our city,” Davis said. “You are what makes our Bayonne great!

Debris, including tires and other trash, was fished out of the water along the Bayonne shoreline.

The group with the most litter collected wins lunch with Mayor Davis. It is not clear if the city has determined a winner.

Lots of chances

The Earth Day cleanup is sponsored by the city, with funds from New Jersey’s Clean Communities Program.

Each month, the city sponsors cleanups at various locations in conjunction with the state Clean Communities Program. Upcoming cleanups will take place on May 23, June 27, July 25, Aug. 29, Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 28, and Dec. 26.

To register for the monthly cleanups, call or email the UEZ office. Participants will meet in front of the 7/11 on 20th Street and Ave. C at 10 a.m. on the specified dates.

Volunteers must wear masks. Supplies will be distributed. Cleanups will follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

The cleanups come at a much needed time as the city has been coping with improperly discarded medical debris from the pandemic as well as the recent switch to new garbage and recycling collection contractors.

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