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Bellmawr, Mt. Ephraim, Brooklawn Among 2019 Clean Community Grant Recipients

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is awarding $21.5 million in annual Clean Communities grants to help municipalities and counties conduct litter cleanups that improve the quality of life in New Jersey’s communities, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced on May 23, 2019.

The DEP is awarding $19.1 million to eligible municipalities and $2.4 million to the state’s 21 counties. This is a $2.2 million increase from last year, as the result of an increase in revenues. The program is funded by a legislated user-fee on manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors that produce litter-generating products.

Area Municipal Awards & Amounts:

  • Bellmawr $25,153.78
  • Brooklawn $4,192.59
  • Gloucester City $23,191.13
  • Mt. Ephraim $10,099.75
  • Runnemede $18,263.33
  • Westville $9,614.93

“In addition to being unsightly, litter can have detrimental impacts on water quality, wildlife and natural habitats,” Commissioner McCabe said. “Clean Communities grants provide a vital source of funding for New Jersey’s municipalities and counties. They fund cleanups, many along roadsides and around stormwater collection systems, that will protect water quality and natural resources, improving the quality of life in our communities.”

The nonprofit New Jersey Clean Communities Council oversees the reporting requirements for the program. Disbursements are based on housing units and miles of municipally owned roadways.

“Municipalities and counties are strongly encouraged to use these grants to pay for volunteer and paid cleanups, badly-needed equipment purchases, enforcement activities and education,” said Sandy Huber, Executive Director of New Jersey Clean Communities Council. “We are grateful for funding that helps keep New Jersey clean. We are proud to serve as an educational resource for communities, as we drive many of our campaigns to engage the younger generations to help mold positive, long-term behaviors toward discarding litter.”

An example of the strength of the Clean Communities program is Morris County, where education and outreach programs reach thousands of people at schools, libraries, fairs and festivals.

Cleanup efforts targeted 127 miles of county roads and some 1,350 students and staff removed litter from more than 100 acres of public-school properties last year. In addition, the county’s Mosquito Control Division removed 1,039 tires this year.

Municipalities receiving the largest grants this year are: Newark, Essex County, $448,791; Jersey City, Hudson County, $414,401; Toms River, Ocean County, $232,913; Paterson, Passaic County, $200,796; Hamilton, Mercer County, $197,512; Elizabeth, Union County, $184,838; Edison, Middlesex County, $185,575; Woodbridge, Middlesex County, $182,134; Brick, Ocean County, $176,879; Middletown, Monmouth County, $160,009; Cherry Hill, Camden County, $157,342; Trenton, Mercer County, $147,974; Vineland, Cumberland County, $139,021; Clifton, Passaic County, $143,829; Franklin, Somerset County, $136,273; Berkeley, Ocean County, $136,028; and Camden, Camden County, $131,661.

Also, Gloucester Township, Camden County, $129,384; Lakewood, Ocean County, $124,763; Old Bridge, Middlesex County, $124,553; Howell, Monmouth County, $122,124; Jackson, Ocean County, $119,496; Parsippany-Troy Hills, Morris County, $115,736; East Orange, Essex County, $114,950; Manchester, Ocean County, $114,851; Wayne, Passaic County, $111,906; Bayonne, Hudson County, $110,204; Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic County, $108,253; Bridgewater, Somerset County, $103,948; Piscataway, Middlesex County, $103,640; East Brunswick, Middlesex County, $102,200; and Evesham, Burlington County, $101,826.

Counties receiving the largest grants are: Ocean, $218,091; Cumberland, $191,126; Burlington, $179,004; Bergen, $156,516; Gloucester, $146,629; Camden, $140,475; Monmouth, $134,389; Atlantic, $131,911; Salem, $127,248; Middlesex, $111,336; Sussex, $111,068; and Morris, $101,199.

Litter comes from a variety of sources, such as pedestrians, motorists, overflowing household garbage, construction sites and uncovered trucks. Litter is often blown by the wind until it is trapped somewhere, such as along a fence, or in a ditch or gully. People tend to litter when an area is already littered, and when they lack a sense of ownership or pride in their community.

Activities funded by Clean Communities grants include cleanups of stormwater systems that can disperse trash into streams, rivers and bays; volunteer cleanups of public properties; adoption and enforcement of local anti-littering ordinances; beach cleanups; public information and education programs; and purchases of litter collection equipment such as receptacles, recycling bins, anti-litter signs and graffiti removal supplies.

For a complete list of municipal and county grant awards, click the image below.

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Bellmawr, Gloucester City, Runnemede, Mt. Ephraim, Westville & Brooklawn to Receive Clean Communities Grants

The Christie Administration is awarding $20.2 million in annual Clean Communities grants to help municipalities and counties conduct litter cleanups to beautify New Jersey’s communities and roadsides.

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is awarding more than $17.9 million to eligible municipalities, and more than $2.2 million to the state’s 21 counties.

“Clean Communities money is a vital resource for New Jersey’s municipalities and counties every year because these grants help fund cleanups that will further enhance our communities, natural resources and roadways,” said Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin. “By taking care of the environment around us, we encourage others to do the same in their own communities and build pride across the state.”

“Simple programs such as litter control do a lot for improving New Jersey’s communities, in terms of public health and quality of life,” said Mark Pedersen, Assistant Commissioner for Site Remediation and Waste Management. “This year’s Clean Communities grants will allow us to continue fostering environmental stewardship at the local level and help our communities to be more sustainable.”

As required by law, the nonprofit New Jersey Clean Communities Council oversees the reporting requirements for the program. Grants are funded by a legislated user-fee on manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors that produce litter-generating products. Disbursements to municipalities are based on the number of housing units and miles of municipally owned roadways within each municipality.

“We are hopeful that municipalities and counties will use Clean Communities funding wisely to pay for volunteer and paid cleanups, badly needed equipment purchases, enforcement activities, and education,” said Sandy Huber, Executive Director of New Jersey Clean Communities Council. “We are grateful for funding that helps keep New Jersey clean.”

  • Bellmawr will receive $23,553.64
  • Gloucester City will receive $21,714.99
  • Runnemede will receive $17,101.51
  • Mt. Ephraim will receive $9,433.64
  • Westville will receive $9,003.10
  • Brooklawn will receive $4,000

Municipalities Receiving the Largest Grants:

Newark, (Essex County) $419,929; Jersey City,  (Hudson County ) $387,918; Toms River (Ocean County) $218,712; Paterson (Passaic County) $187,966; Hamilton Township (Mercer County) $184,817; Edison Township (Middlesex County) $173,899; Elizabeth City (Union) $172,361; Woodbridge Township (Middlesex County)  $170,727; Brick Township (Ocean County) $165,826; Middletown (Monmouth County) $149,431; Cherry Hill (Camden County) $147,341; Trenton (Mercer County) $138,428; Clifton (Passaic County) $134,719; Vineland (Cumberland County) $129,290; Franklin Township (Somerset County); $128,063; Berkeley Township (Ocean County) $126,853; Camden (Camden County) $123,316; and Gloucester Township (Camden County) $121,778.

The counties receiving the largest grant awards are: Ocean, $208,244, Cumberland, $181,596, Burlington, $169,866, Bergen, $147,997 and Gloucester, $136,881.

Litter comes from a variety of sources, such as pedestrians, motorists, overflowing household garbage, construction sites and uncovered trucks. Litter is often blown by the wind until it is trapped somewhere, such as along a fence, or in a ditch or gully. People tend to litter when an area is already littered, and when they lack a sense of ownership or pride in their community. In addition to being unsightly, litter is unhealthy and may create a negative public image.

Activities funded by Clean Communities grants include cleanups of stormwater systems that can disperse trash into streams, rivers and bays; volunteer cleanups of public properties; adoption and enforcement of local anti-littering ordinances; beach cleanups; public information and education programs; and purchases of litter collection equipment such as receptacles, recycling bins, anti-litter signs and graffiti removal supplies.

For a complete list of municipal and county grant awards, visit: www.njclean.org or click the image below.

Clean Communities Grant

(Source: Media Release)