Make Newark shine at the 13th annual city-wide clean-up

communityThe Newark community will come together to clean up the city at the 13th annual “Gateway to a Cleaner Newark” citywide event on Thursday, October 8.  The public event will focus on cleaning city gateways and neighborhoods, but the organizers say that participants can clean any spot in the city they’d like to. The cleanup will last for about three hours, and site will be assigned unless participants opt to select their own.

The cleanup will start at Lincoln Park on Broad Street at 8 a.m., and will proceed through the city until 1 p.m. The event will conclude with a lunch and the “Golden Broom Awards,” which will be given out based on the amount of litter and recyclables participants pick up. Participants will also receive a “Slam Dunk The Junk” tee-shirt.

Last year’s event welcomed more than 900 volunteers, and this year the City of Newark is seeking more volunteers by encouraging businesses, community organizations, charter schools to have two to four volunteers represent them at the clean-up, in addition to public figures.

“Gateway to a Cleaner Newark” is part of the New Jersey Clean Communities initiative, which is a community-driven, state-wide program to reduce litter. The program is managed by the Environmental Protection and Treasury state departments.

For more information or to sign up to participate, contact the Newark Office of Recycling at 973-733-3681 or email

Featured image courtesy of the City of Newark.