Upcoming Activities and Reminders:

Simple Steps for a Pest-Free Vegetable Garden in Union County, July 31 https://wp.me/p4sLwl-jV7

Help the Environment by Joining the Master Tree Stewards of Union County https://wp.me/p4sLwl-jXs

Household Hazardous Waste Event in Scotch Plains, August 3 https://wp.me/p4sLwl-jXf

Union County Offers Free Scrap Metal Recycling in August https://wp.me/p4sLwl-jX

Union County’s Free Mobile Document-Shredding Program Will Visit Union Township in August https://wp.me/p4sLwl-jXi

In Union County Parks, the Trees “Speak” for Themselves https://wp.me/p4sLwl-jUi

Did you know…?

Rivers and streams are a major source of ocean plastic pollution.

Windblown trash and debris from storm runoff collects in local waterways. It drifts downstream to the ocean.

Act locally:

When visiting public parks, always deposit trash in a secure container where it can’t be disturbed by wind or wildlife.

If necessary, carry trash out and deposit or recycle it at home.

Keep up with the latest updates on local recycling programs by downloading the free Recycle Coach app.

Join the hundreds of Union County Adopt-a-Park/Adopt a Trail volunteers who help keep our parks clean every year.

Help globally:

Carry a reusable water bottle.

Pack lunch and snacks in re-usable  containers.

Bring your own cup to your favorite coffee shop.

Take your own bags to the supermarket.

Success Story:

A group of intrepid Union County Adopt-a-Park volunteers recently cleared a “plastic jam” of litter and debris from the Rahway River in Union County’s Nomahegan Park. The volunteers collected hundreds of plastic items from the water and the nearby river banks, with an assist from two kayaks on loan from a helpful passer-by.

More tips on reducing waterborne trash: Trash Free Waters by US EPA.