Brick residents looking to improve the environment and give their town a good spring cleaning will have the opportunity to participate in a number of volunteer cleanup projects later this month.
The township is sponsoring the “Pick Up Brick” program, which will consist of a series of cleanups and beach sweeps aimed at both protecting the shore environment and improving the look of the town. The effort will coincide with Clean Ocean Action’s annual Spring Beach Sweep on April 17.
“Earth Day on April 22, and the surrounding week, presents a great opportunity to channel people’s passion for the environment,” said Mayor John Ducey. “This year we are excited to once again join Clean Ocean Action at their Spring Beach Sweeps while also announcing a yearlong cleanup campaign at township open space sites.”
The April 17th Beach Sweeps begin at 9am and have been expanded this year to include Brick Beach I, Brick Beach III and Windward Beach Park. “Beach Captains” will be on hand to provide supplies and guidance to volunteers throughout the morning. Volunteers can get more information and must register for the beach sweeps at cleanoceanaction.org.
“These cleanups provide an opportunity for residents of all ages to make a positive contribution to the quality of life in Brick,” said Keith Rella, the ‘Pick up Brick’ program coordinator. “It also provides clear evidence that changing our behaviors, like our dependence on single use plastic products, can have a real impact on the volume of waste and debris in our environment.”
Additional “Pick up Brick” campaign cleanups will be announced on Earth Day. Anyone interested in volunteering, organizing a cleanup or receiving notifications about the “Pick up Brick” program should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The “Pick up Brick” Program includes three components:
- Education- Sharing best practices to eliminate litter and minimize waste.
- Enforcement- Highlighting consequences for littering or not adhering to township code.
- Action- Cleanups and an email address where residents can report areas in need of attention and volunteer for community clean-ups.