Archive of Clean-ups in the Parks of Bayonne, NJ during the year 2018.
Bayonne Nature Club
Appreciating, protecting and improving urban nature sites.
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January 13, 2018: In spite of high wind and cold temps, fifteen people came to our shoreline clean-up at 16th Street Park. 35 bags of trash were picked up along with 10 tires, a raft, a pallet, a grocery cart, various pieces of metal and plastic, a door, several buckets and, of course, hundreds of plastic bottles and bags.
We would like to thank Professor Theodore Lai and the students of Hudson County Community College and members of the Hackensack Riverkeeper along with the regulars from the Bayonne Nature Club for coming to this January clean-up in cold temperatures and windy conditions. You are truly ENVIRONMENTAL HEROES.
February 10, 2018 Seventeen Environmental Heroes picked up 35 bags of trash at Dennis P. Collins Park. Pictured are a few of the many volunteers. We gathered trash all the way up to the Bayonne Bridge. Photos by Maria Markatos.
March 24, 2018 shoreline clean-up at Rutkowski Park. Ten Environmental Heroes cleaned up 22 bags of garbage removing a variety of rubber and plastic sheets and barrels and buckets from the shore. Many plastic straws and potato chip bags were part of the trash along with a few hypodermic needles. From Left to Right: Nick, Bill H., Patricia Hilliard, John, Patti B., Tara, Tom, Jon, and Mike Ruscigno. Angel left before the photo was taken. Photo Credit: Mike A. with Patti Banks camera.
EARTH DAY, April 21, 2018. Twenty-two people picked up 31 bags of garbage and removed many plastic and metal items that floated into the park as part of the NJ Clean Communities program by removing trash in Rutkowski Park, a city park. Our team won the contest. The award? Lunch with the Mayor of Bayonne, Jimmy Davis.
May 4, 2018, Mike calls a "Pop-up Clean-up." Adela, Bill, Pat, Tom and Mike go into the marsh to clean up bottles and bottle caps off the "classroom" at Rutkowski Park. Ten bags of garbage and 2 pieces of junk were removed from the marsh. Photo by Patti Banks.
Left: June 9 Cleanup at Newark Bay Waterfront Walk. Fifteen Environmental Heroes cleaned up 31 bags of trash and pulled 13 items off the shoreline. Below: May 12, 2018 Shoreline Clean-up at 16th Street Park. We gave it a try and got 10 bags of trash but were rained out after an hour.
Below: July 13, 2018 "pop-up" clean-up at Rutkowski Park. A few of us got together to pick out those far flung bottles along the boardwalk.
July 28, 2018 Collins Park shoreline clean-up. Nine volunteers picked up 17 bags of trash, much of it was bottles for recycling and a wood pallet, a large piece of plyboard and pieces of plastic. As we worked more trash was washing ashore in the high tide. Below are Nora, Nick, Emelinda, Tom, Rodrigo, Bill and Mike. Not in the photo are Jennifer and Pat, the photographer.
Aug 14, 2018: Pat, Bill, Adella and Tom clean up eleven bags of trash from the shoreline at Ahern Vets Stadium Park. Mike helped too and took this photo.
At right, August 26, 2018, working with Hackensack Riverkeeper, members of the Bayonne Nature Club filled a dumpster with trash from upstream and all over Rutkowski Park's berm and trails. Afterward we enjoyed a pizza party.
Thirty people came to our Sept. 15, 2018 shoreline clean-up at 16th Street DiDomenico Park, including Scout Troop 25, a teacher and students, and City Council members Sharon Ashe-Nardrowski, Tom Cotter and Salvadore Gullace. Mayor Davis also stopped by. We gathered over 25 bags of trash, 3 large pallets, 1 10 ft beam and 700 pieces of broken glass. This clean up was done as part of our NJ Clean Communities effort, with the endorsement of City of Bayonne.
Oct. 20, 2018: With nine volunteers we picked up 15 bags of trash from the beach at Collins Park. Here we are at the base of the Bayonne Bridge.
November 17, 2018. We never tire of getting those tires out. Sixteen Environmental Heroes cleaned up 16th Street Park beach today. We picked up 24 bags of trash, 4 tires, 3 large pieces of plastic and many pounds of broken bottle glass, bottle tops, plastic bottles, bottle caps, and cigar tips. Group photo by Patti Banks.
December 15, 2018 Fifteen Environmental Heroes came to clean up 18 bags of garbage at the entrance of Rutkowski Park on a foggy winter morning. Various buckets, sheets of plastic and plastic toys were removed from the marsh along with the usual wrappers and foam cups.