Mother Nature Needs Your Help

Your home isn't the only place in need of spring cleaning—Mother Nature needs a little help with her space!
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Your home isn't the only place in need of spring cleaning—Mother Nature needs a little help with her space! Gather some of your neighbors and join a good-old fashioned cleanup. Better yet, team up with a group like Hackensack Riverkeeper to scoop debris, waste and other trash from Bergen County's parks and waterways.

"Their cleanups have tremendous effect on the local environment," says volunteer Claire DeSantis, 40, of Emerson. "You'll be amazed to see how much garbage is retrieved."

And volunteers will find more than just improperly disposed cups, bottles and paper goods. Hugh Carola, of Hackensack Riverkeeper, notes that balls, tires and bicycles have been recovered from places like the Hackensack River. Larger items like refrigerators and sofas area rare, but they have been found.

The Riverkeeper has upcoming cleanups on May 13 (Kenneth B. George Park in River Edge) and May 20 (Overpeck Park in Teaneck). Additional cleanup dates can be found at hackensackriverkeeper.org.

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