Salem County Improvement Authority Conducts a Visual Litter Survey Along With Woodstown High School Future Farmers of America

On Saturday, April 7, 2018, the Salem County Improvement Authority along with the Woodstown FFA, conducted a visual litter survey on Deerfield Road in Pittsgrove Township.

The New Jersey Clean Communities Council, in conjunction with the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education and Environmental Resources LLC, has developed the Visual Litter Survey curriculum. From March 1 through April 30, the curriculum will be implemented by the County Clean Communities Coordinators throughout New Jersey to facilitate litter surveys in their towns and counties. The results of the surveys can then be utilized to develop programs or projects that will reduce litter.

“The Salem County survey was conducted along Route 540 in Pittsgrove Township because this road is fairly typical of the roads in Salem County. It runs right through the center of the county and continues into Cumberland County,” according to Florence Beckett, Salem County Clean Communities Coordinator, who organized the survey.

The Woodstown High School FFA was chosen to help conduct the survey because they are a very active group of young people who work hard to improve their community, so having them help with the survey was the perfect fit. They were given a Clean Communities Grant, which will be put to good use—they are attending the New Jersey FFA Association Convention in May, and the grant will pay for their transportation.

The survey was no small task. The first hurdle was the weather, which was cloudy, windy, and cold. Winter Storm Toby had just come through 2 weeks before, so much of the litter and debris was tangled in downed trees and branches. The area in which the survey was done is 18 feet by 500 feet, and the whole process took 3 hours. In all, 330 pounds of trash and recyclables were collected. Route 540 is now beautiful and litter-free.

“Invaluable information was gathered regarding what type of litter is out there. Now we will continue with the task of developing programs and implementing the necessary changes to reduce and even prevent litter from accumulating and ruining our beautiful county,” said the Salem County Executive Director, Julie Acton.

For questions or more information regarding litter abatement or any of the other important programs operated by the Salem County Improvement Authority, please contact us at 856-935-7900 x 16 or visit our website at