Lake-wide cleanups were organized in 2013 and 2018, in conjunction with the 5-year 60-inch drawdowns. In 2013, more than 400 volunteers accessed the lake from 39 different entry points and removed more than 23,000 pounds of trash from the lakebed. In 2018, the Foundation partnered with the Lake Hopatcong Commission, and once again, more than 400 volunteers logged an excess of 1200 hours collecting debris from 50+ access points around the lake’s nearly 50 miles of shoreline. The debris collected included 4,000 drink containers, 300 plastic bags, 175 toys, 150 articles of clothing, and more than 800 tires. The removal of debris was handled by departments of public works from Hopatcong, Jefferson, Mount Arlington, and Roxbury, tires were cleaned by Hopatcong Fire Departments and recycled by Bridgestone’s Tires4ward Program.
The Foundation began participating in Roxbury Township’s Adopt-A-Spot program in 2016. We adopted the section of Mount Arlington Boulevard from the town border into Silver Springs and schedule roadside cleanup days at least once a year to maintain this stretch of road. In 2020, seventeen volunteers removed more than 25 trash bags of litter from the 2-mile stretch. Our next Adopt-A-Spot cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 24, from 8:30 am to 10 am.