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Cleaner Newark Citywide Cleanup” on Thursday, October 5, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.The cleanup will take place rain or shine, starting and ending at Lincoln Park on Broad Street and Clinton Avenue, in Newark’s Downtown. Residents and business owners are being challenged to support this annual event and break out brooms and bags to clean up Newark’s empty lots and sweep litter from streets, in an effort to “Slam Dunk the Junk.”Last year more than 900 volunteers participated in the annual clean-up.“Gateway Cleanup Day has become a great tradition in the City of Newark. For 15 years, it has showcased our determination to make our beloved Newark a cleaner City,” Mayor Baraka said. “Residents of all ages and a variety of community organizations come together to remove trash from our streets and plant flowers, and physically transform the face and streetscape of Newark, making us a stronger as well as cleaner city. I congratulate all the participants for a decade of teamwork and partnership on this important annual event.”Teams can register in advance. Individual volunteers will be assigned to a team on October 5, and must be responsible for their own transportation. Walk-in volunteers can register the day of the event at Lincoln Park from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and can choose their own sites to clean from the list, which will be provided that day. Volunteer cleanup teams will gather and meet at the park to pick up supplies. All organizations must provide travel arrangements for their teams to their designated site locations. Teams will remove trash from 9 a.m.
Anderson is aiming for even more businesses to join in the upcoming year.Anderson invites volunteers to pick up trash around Lincoln Park as part of an annual event, which NJCCC developed. She gives out lunch and drinks, brings in a magician and a DJ to a stage erected in the park and eagerly creates buzz to get others excited about volunteering.“Brenda has taken her enthusiasm and energy to develop and grow the cleanup program in Newark,” Huber said. “It is this energy that has helped keep Newark clean as well as re-invented what a recycling program can mean in a large city.”In addition, Anderson creates and distributes free T-shirts to volunteers each year with the “Slam Dunk The Junk” logo. She even awards the top trash collectors with “Golden Brooms,” painted by Anderson to acknowledge their efforts.By continually introducing incentives, Anderson has given life to the cleanup program and turns it into something fresh and new every year. Anderson’s favorite age demographic for cleanups is teenagers.“The cans and bottles that you throw on the ground could be recycled,” Anderson said. “We are trying to save the environment and keep our city clean.”She is working for more litter enforcement in Newark.“You can give out materials and brochures, but until you hit their pockets, they won’t care,” said Anderson. Working with NJCCC, Anderson wants to continue the city’s annual recycling summit, founded in 2015, where Anderson brought in an EPA spokesperson, mayor, and council to discuss how a community can effectively increase recycling.In addition, she hopes to implement a poster contest, where kids can create drawings to be featured on a billboard for clean communities.Said Anderson: “Young people are the future. They have to take it to the next level, the government, state – wherever it can go even further.” Anderson admits her job isn’t always easy, but is committed to community education.“Recycling is a process. Clean Communit...