NJ awards $16 million in litter grants
The Christie Administration awarded nearly $16 million in Clean Communities grants to help municipalities and counties fund litter cleanup efforts that help beautify New Jersey’s communities and roadsides.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) awarded $13.86 million to 559 eligible municipalities. Seven municipalities are not eligible because they have fewer than 200 housing units. An additional $1.73 million was awarded to all 21 counties.
As established by law, the nonprofit Clean Communities Council oversees the reporting requirements for the program.
The Clean Communities 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. Disbursements to counties are based on the number of miles of roads each county owns.
The municipalities receiving the largest grant awards were: Newark, Essex County ($322,906); Jersey City, Hudson County ($297,748); Toms River, Ocean County ($1681,297); Hamilton, Mercer County; (142,745); Edison, Middlesex County ($134,350); Elizabeth, Union County ($132,690), Woodbridge, Middlesex County ($131,533), Brick, Ocean County ($127,792); Middletown, Monmouth County ($114,937); and Cherry Hill, Camden County ($113,429).
The counties receiving the largest grant awards were: Ocean ($160,448), Cumberland ($140,524), Burlington ($131,412), Bergen ($114,416) and Camden ($98,433).
Among the activities funded by the grants are volunteer cleanups of public properties, adoption and enforcement of local anti-littering ordinances, beach cleanups, public information and education programs, purchases of equipment used to collect litter, purchases of litter receptacles and recycling bins, purchases of anti-litter signs, purchases of supplies to remove graffiti, and cleanups of stormwater systems that can disperse trash into streams, rivers and bays.