On Fri., Oct. 7, 17 employee volunteers of Arthur J. Gallagher & Company removed more than 2,000 pounds, or slightly more than one ton, of litter from the section of the Whippany River in back of Central Park and along the roadways bordering this location.
Working side by side with the Township of Hanover Department of Public Works’ staff, the Whippany and Cedar Knolls Fire Departments, Police, and the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee (WRWAC), the volunteers used rowboats, waders and muck boots to dig out and remove 60 embedded tires and other debris including a shopping cart, tent, radio, television, road cones, chairs and clothing. Volunteers focusing on the land areas collected recyclable material such as glass and plastic bottles, cans, cardboard and trash.
Before the teams set out, Mayor Ron Francioli thanked the AJ Gallagher employees on behalf of the Township Committee for undertaking the cleanup. In addition to the environmental benefits of removing the litter washed into the river and along the shores, the cleanup helped beautify two locations where township initiatives are underway to expand and enhance recreational opportunities.
“The Patriot’s Path section where the volunteers picked up litter,” noted Francioli, “will eventually be part of the Connectivity Plan linking hiking/walking trails throughout our community. Central Park, which borders the area cleaned, will soon undergo a makeover adding adult fitness equipment and other amenities.”
The collaboration to clean this section of the Whippany River first began when Todd Hughes, an Area Vice president of Bollinger Specialty Group, a Subsidiary of Arthur J. Gallagher & Company, approached the township and WRWAC with an offer to help. As Hughes explained, “A.J. Gallagher is very close to the path and many of our employees enjoy walking along the river during lunch and other breaks to take in the beautiful scenery. When we noticed the litter in the river and on the banks, we wanted to be a good neighbor and volunteer to clean it up. Once the township and WRWAC accepted our offer, we overwhelmingly supported the effort, providing shirts for the volunteers and time away from their busy schedules to pitch in on the great community service event.”
If a business or organization would like to volunteer to assist Hanover Township with a community service project, e-mail Robin Dente, the Township’s Community Affairs/Public Policy coordinator at HYPERLINK “mailto:Rdente@hanovertownship.com” Rdente@hanovertownship.com to explore opportunities. For more information on keeping the Whippany River clean, contact WRWAC at HYPERLINK “mailto:Alison.firstname.lastname@example.org” Alison.email@example.com.