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Keeping it green: Mannington organizes litter cleanup

Mannington’s “Green Team Recyclers” set out to clean up trash around the mill’s entrance and nearby rail line.

FCNews Volume 27/Number 12, October 22/29, 2012

SALEM, N.J.—Working in cooperation with Ocean Conservancy and New Jersey Clean Communities, Mannington Mills recently did its part to clean up the local environment as the “Green Team Recyclers,” a group of the mill’s associates that raises environmental awareness through events and education. The team spent a portion of their day on Oct. 5 cleaning up trash left behind by fishermen and motorists around Mannington’s entrance along Rte. 45 and the regional rail line by the Salem Bridge.

The cleanup was held in conjunction with the Ocean Conservancy and N.J. Clean Communities annual “International Coastal Cleanup” events, which attract over half a million volunteers from more than 100 countries. It’s one of the biggest volunteer efforts in the world, and the largest that focuses on waterway and ocean health, noted Dave Kitts, Mannington’s vice president, environment.

“Mannington’s property adjoins a portion of Fenwick Creek and Pledger Creek,” he explained. “By keeping these ecological assets free of litter we can help maintain the cleanliness of tidal inland waterways, which has a direct impact on regional water and coastal quality. It’s important for us as good corporate citizens and community residents to take part in keeping our landscape clean. We picked up and disposed/recycled over 50 bags of debris— a startling amount in this day and age.”