TINTON FALLS, N.J. -- United Teletech Financial FCU is gearing up to celebrate Earth Day by giving reusable grocery bags to all who come into its branches that day.
In addition, staffers and members will participate in Clean Ocean Action's annual spring beach sweep at Sandy Hook. The beach cleanup effort is something the credit union has been involved in since 2006.
"United Teletech Financial is proud to sponsor activities that not only beautify our local area but also preserve them for generations to come," said United Teletech Financial CEO Leo Ardine. "Supporting Earth Day and Clean Ocean Action is just another way we can live our philosophy of neighbors helping neighbors."
According to Clean Ocean Executive Director Cindy Zipf, the beach sweeps remove harmful litter from the environment and, most importantly, collect evidence of pollution problems.
"Our goal is to reduce sources of litter and to eliminate the need for beach sweeps in the future," said Zipf.
Volunteers also complete data cards, which are reviewed and entered in a computer database and analyzed by Clean Ocean. Data collected from the beach cleanups is used to identify and monitor pollution trends. The information helps find solutions to keep New Jersey beaches clean and healthy for citizens and marine life.