Volunteers Help Clean Up Park

by Press Release | Apr 9, 2008
Volunteers Help Clean Up Park In the last of three Burlington County sponsored spring cleanups, over 70 volunteers collected over two tons of trash from Amico Island Park Saturday.

“The weight of the collected litter doesn’t tell the whole story in this cleanup,” said Freeholder Stacey F. Jordan, who participated with two of her children, Drew and Sydney. “Amico Island is surrounded by tidal waters, so most of the litter that floats in here is very lightweight.” Plastic bottles and pieces of Styrofoam made up the bulk of the trash, although several metal drums and 27 tires were also collected.

Many volunteers did not know that the parks even existed until they came out for the cleanup events. The County encourages volunteers to return throughout the year, and hopes they develop a sense of stewardship.

In addition to collecting litter, volunteers were able to observe some of the wildlife that inhabits the park, including deer and several species of birds - blue heron, woodpeckers, robins, and hawks.

The County’s mascot for its “Just pick it up” campaign, a golden retriever named Chase, visited the site to encourage residents to pick up litter EVERY day, just as he does on his daily walks along the Delaware.

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