Clean Communities & Adopt-a-Road Programs

Adopt-a-Road Spotlight:

Terry Dromgoole; In Memory of Joe Dromgoole

Ten years ago, on March 28, 2008, Terry Dromgoole decided to give something back. Thinking about the many summers that her parents, siblings, and she enjoyed at Palatine Lake, Terry decided to honor the memory of her oldest brother, Joseph, by “adopting” a one mile stretch of Olivet Road in Pittsgrove Township that runs past the lake.  As adults, Terry and Joseph each moved to Pittsgrove Township so adopting this road was meaningful and honors her fond memories of her brother and their youth.

Terry faithfully picks up the litter left by the passing motorists and others as they use this throughway near the Salem/Cumberland County boarder. Terry also maintains the fishing area by the lake and went the extra step of having a trash can installed to make it even easier for everyone using the lake to dispose of their litter responsibly. When the fishermen see her coming, they make sure she knows that they are using that trashcan.

“Moving to Salem County 25 years ago was the number one best thing I ever did,” Terry said. She believes that by keeping Salem County’s roads clean, she is giving back for the grace she has received by living in this community. And she is correct!

There are many other roads in Salem County awaiting adoption. It’s a simple thing. All you have to do is pick a road from our list and then complete an application. By adopting a Salem County road, you are committing to going out four times a year and pick up litter. All we ask that you send in a form letting the Salem County Improvement Authority know that you have done your part and what you have collected. The best part of it all is that this program is completely FREE for the participants. All supplies and funding is provided through the New Jersey Clean Communities Grant.

Thank you, Terry, for your selflessness and your commitment to our county.

For more information and an application, please contact Florence Beckett at 856-935-7900 x 11 or at fbeckett@scianj.org.

Recycling and Litter Abatement Presentation at Riverview Family Success Center, Penns Grove

Bill Kerwood presented his Magic of Recycling show at the Riverview Family Success Center in Penns Grove on June 14, 2018. Bill’s program is funny and entertaining, and he packed the house! The children and their parents were amazed at his magic and there was lots of laughter, but most importantly he brought the message of how important it is to  recycle and not to litter.

Thank you to the Clean Communities Grant for funding this fantastic event!

 

What is the Adopt-A-Road Program?

The Salem County Adopt-A-Road Program supports the ongoing effort to beautify Salem County. The program provides citizens with the opportunity to help Salem County achieve its goals of safe, attractive, and litter-free roadways. The Salem County Adopt-A-Road Program also raises the public’s awareness to the increase of roadside trash and also promotes and establishes the stewardship of public lands by citizens with cooperation between the public and government to resolve a common problem.

The problem of litter in the State of New Jersey is serious. Salem County, though sparsely populated and rural in nature, is especially susceptible to the litter problem due to the large number of vehicles which utilize its 354 miles of roadway.

Salem County encourages its visitors to tour its scenic highways. It must be remembered that even the most scenic drive is spoiled by the sight of litter thoughtlessly disposed.

The most common type of litter found on highways is paper, including fast-food containers, followed by cans and bottles. Larger items such as tires, auto parts, and household appliances can also be found.

How Does it Work?

Person(s) or groups may “Adopt” a minimum of a one mile section of a county road for at least a period of two (2) years, after signing an agreement with the Salem County Improvement Authority – Solid Waste Division. The agreement States:

  • The person(s) or group must “pick-up” at least four (4) times a year,
  • and the person(s) must be at least eighteen years old, In the case of a group, the group must designate a leader who is at least eighteen (18) years old,
  • and the leader will ensure that safety is a priority, that each participant uses the safety equipment,
  • and the leader will separate trash from recyclables,
  • and the leader will complete two (2) quick forms after each litter “pick-up” to provide collection information

The Salem County Improvement Authority – Solid Waste Division supplies on-going safety equipment for each participant for the entire period the road is adopted. These supplies include: safety vests, gloves, safety signs, and plastic bags for trash and recyclables. Each person or group is responsible for proper disposal of all trash collected and recycling of all recyclables collected during the required four (4) times a year “pick-ups”. The Salem County Improvement Authority – Solid Waste Division will purchase and install two (2) permanent signs and posts, each with an Adopt-A-Road Program sign, identifying the person or group’s name responsible for the “adopted” stretch of road. These signs are posted at the designated stretch in each direction.

For more information and to obtain PDF downloads, please visit the Forms & Pubic Information page. The pertinent information will be found under the “Forms & Brochures” section.

A Clean Communities Project

Press Release:

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 www.scianj.com.


 

KEEP IT COVERED!

The “KEEP IT COVERED!” tarp program, in conjunction with the Salem County Improvement Authority / Solid Waste Division’s convenience center, assists Salem County residents in eliminating windblown litter along our county roadways when transporting their bulk waste for disposal.

Residents will be able to deliver materials that accumulate from cleaning out the garage, attic or a do-it-yourself project around the home to the convenience center, for a minimal fee. The convenience center will be open for services to all Salem County residents with a valid NJ drivers license listing an in-county address.

Residents can transport their own bulk materials, but the load must be TARPED. This is in accordance with the New Jersey Solid Waste Management Act and the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice that requires all open vehicles traveling with solid waste to be tarped in order to avoid spillage onto the roadways.

Tarps, size 8’ x 10’ , have been purchased with Clean Communities Grant monies and are available at the convenience center, free of charge, to be used for the purpose of covering their load of waste.

Tarps are available through each municipality to assist residents in minimizing windblown litter within their municipalities also.

Contact the township clerk for information.

PROHIBITED WASTE

  • ASBESTOS: Asbestos material is classified as a hazardous material and must be transported by a licensed hauler as a recommended procedure.
  • HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE: Hazardous wastes in the house usually come from ordinary products such as oil-based paints, automotive products, cleaning fluids, solvents and garden care products. These products cannot be disposed of with your regular trash through the convenience center. The Salem County Improvement Authority – Solid Waste Division offers a FREE drop-off program for household hazardous waste twice a year on the third Saturday in April and October, 8am to 12 noon.
  • USED MOTOR OIL: Used motor oil can be recycled at your local municipal drop off location. If your municipality does not have a drop off location, please call your local Township Clerk, Municipal Recycling Coordinator or the County Recycling Coordinator for the nearest location.
  • RECYCLABLES: The following recyclables will not be accepted.
    • Glass (all colors)
    • Plastic bottles
    • Aluminum cans
    • Bi-Metal/Steel cans
    • Paper
    • Newspaper
    • Cardboard
  • Recycling services are provided by each municipality in conjunction with trash pick up or drop off.

IT’S THE LAW!

  • All the residents MUST comply with the law by covering their load with a tarp when delivering their bulk waste materials.
  • Under the NJAC section 7:26-3.4 paragraph (e) and (i), the law states:
    • No person shall cause or permit a vehicle to be so loaded or operate so loaded that the contents or any part thereof, may be scattered on any street. Whenever a load in any vehicle is of solid waste debris, such loads shall be secured by a tarpaulin or other acceptable type of cover.
    • The owner, lessee, bailer, or operator of any vehicle described above found on a highway in violation of any such safety standards or procedure shall be subject to a fine as prescribed by the law.

NO TARP – NO SERVICE!
QUESTIONS? Ask your manager, Superintendent or call the Clean Communities Coordinator for your municipality:

Clean Communities Grant funding provides for the clean-up of litter of our County roadways on the Saturdays in May and September. 
If your group is a non-profit group and you’d like to earn $300.00 to perform a clean-up on one of our County roadways, please contact Sherry Washington – swashington@scian.org – for more information on this program.

Clean Communities Grant funding was a sponsor for The 2017 Giant Pumpkin Carve.

 

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