Archive of Clean-ups in the Parks of Bayonne, NJ during the year 2016.

Bayonne Nature Club
Appreciating, protecting and improving urban nature sites.
Our Environmental Heroes started 2016 with a struggle against illness, broken-down cars and a big rain storm!  We overcame it all and brought 17 people together to clean up 40 bags of garbage 3 milk crates, 4 five-gallon pails and a large piece of plastic dock.
February 20, 2016: Our twelve Environmental Heroes gathered 28 bags of bottles and trash, 5 tires, 3 fifty-five gal. drums, 1 freon tank, 1 fifty-gal trash pail, 1 large traffic cone, 2 large canvas coffee bags, 1 milk crate, 2 five-gal pails, 3 soccer balls and 1 ship rope--all in two hours time.  Thank you environmental heroes!!
March 5, 2016, with lots of litter still on the beach after our Feb. 20 clean-up, we returned to finish the job. Twelve Environmental Heroes picked up 33 bags of garbage from Rutkowski Park. We were able to continue to fishermen's trail and begin the clean-up along the boardwalk.We also worked on the shoreline at the entrance and the beach. From left to right are Rob G., Tom A., Justin R., Mike R., Bill H., Jill P. Thom M., Jim P. and Patricia H. Photo by Michele Yurichko Gillies
March 31, 2016  A "pop-up" shoreline clean-up at Collins Park, off First Street brings out seven people who picked up nine bags of trash and seven bags of recyclable bottles, along with numerous large pieces of plastic and a wood pallet.
April 16, 2016, the Bayonne Nature Club joined the effort of the Clean Communities"Clean Water Challenge" to finish removing trash from Rutkowski Park before the reeds grow back this summer.  OUR 16 ENVIRONMENTAL HEROES cleaned up 24 bags of trash of which 5 were recyclable.  We also removed 15 large Styrofoam boards, numerous buckets, milk crates, 3 large plywood sheets and an old dock that had washed in.
Friday, May 13, 2016: Our Environmental Heroes brought good luck to the 16th Street Park shoreline.  They cleaned up twenty bags of garbage and various other floaters. Pictured: Jordan, Tom with a pile of garbage.  Also helping were Mike and for a short time, Lynn. 
Eight Environmental Heroes collected 10 bags of mixed garbage, 7 bags recyclable bottles, 5 large pieces of plastic, one large wood bird house and a coconut during our June 24, 2016 Collins Park Shoreline Clean-up. Pictured are Maida, Edgar, Bill, Pat, Mike, Tom, Patti and Jon.
July 9, 2016 - at 16th Street Park. Our ENVIRONMENTAL HEROES collected 18 bags of garbage, 2 were full of recyclable bottles. One propane tank, several large pieces of plastic and a 55 gal. trash can.

Seen here are Andras, Justin, Bill H., Ellen, Mike and Tom. Not in the picture, but helped were Nancy, Stan and Mike A.  Photo by Patricia Hilliard
Seven members of the Bayonne Nature Club and 26 members of Hackensack Riverkeeper worked to clean-up
Rutkowski Park on Sunday August 21, 2016 from noon to 4 pm. Some used canoes on the river.  
Our environmental heroes pulled out over 30 tires, several large tarps, several traffic cones, 10+ five gallon paint pails, some large Rubbermaid bins, the base of a basketball net and a wet mattress. The dumpster was filled with the above trash and many sacks of plastic bottles and bags and paper.  
Friday, September 9, 2016 at 16th Street Park: Five Environmental Heroes cleaned-up 10 bags of trash, an old tire was dug from the beach and numerous pieces of wood were removed.  Pictured: Tom, Mike, Jorge and Patti.  Photo by Pat H.
October 8, 2016: As part of the NJ Clean Communities, the Bayonne Nature Club works with the City of Bayonne to clean Rutkowski Park. Eleven Environmental Heroes cleaned up eighteen bags of garbage, a milk crate and some netting were retrieved. Eight of the bags came from Fishermen's trail off Rt. 440.  Left picture, from left: Fidel, Mike, Beverly, Carlos, Jorge and Tom.
November 12, 2016 Newark Bay Waterfront Walk, shoreline clean-up:  Ten Environmental Heroes cleaned up 20 bags of garbage, 2 wood pallets, 4 tires, 2 tire rims, plastic sheets and a bowling ball. Public Works took the garbage away soon after.
December 3, 2016 - Collins Park. Environmental Heroes removed 11 bags of trash, 6 were recyclables. One wood pallet, a huge Styrofoam, a plastic bucket and other pieces of plastic. From Left: Nick, Mike, Tom, Jon, Patti.  Ellen and Pat H. also helped.