NJ Clean Communities Program - 2019
Introduction and Index
New Jersey Clean Communities is a statewide litter-abatement program created by the passage of the Clean Communities Act. The program is managed by the (New Jersey) Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Treasury, and Clean Communities Council. It’s supported by local governments, businesses, community organizations, schools and individuals who work together to keep New Jersey clean.
The Clean Communities Act, passed first in 1986 and later in 2002, establishes a funding mechanism for the program by placing a user-fee on manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors who may produce litter-generating products. The user-fee, collected by the Department of Treasury and disbursed by the Department of Environment Protection, generates approximately $20 million each year.
- $375,000 is disbursed to a nonprofit (currently the Clean Communities Council) for the implementation of statewide education related to litter-abatement.
- Of the balance, 80 percent goes to 559 municipalities, 10 percent goes to 21 counties, and 10 percent goes to the Division of Parks and Forestry located in the Department of Environmental Protection.
New Jersey Clean Communities at the local level involves a three-fold attack on litter: cleanup, enforcement and education.
Tackling the Litter Problem
What is litter? Litter is solid waste that’s out of place. It’s the kind of trash found on highways, lakefronts, parks and school grounds. Litter takes many forms: paper, plastics, metal cans, cigarette butts, glass, food packaging, tires and graffiti.
Where does it come from? There are seven sources of litter: pedestrians, motorists, overflowing household garbage, construction sites and uncovered trucks. Litter is often blown by the wind until it is trapped somewhere, as along a fence.
Why do people litter? People tend to litter when they think someone else will clean up, when an area is already littered, and when they do not feel a sense of ownership or community pride.
Why is litter a problem? Even small amounts of litter are unsightly, unhealthy and dangerous. Litter causes blighted landscapes resulting in an increase in taxes and a decrease in tourism and industry; loss of civic pride and morale; and a negative public image. Litter can also cause disease in people and animals, fires, and accidents, especially on roadways.
How are we solving the problem? The majority of the Clean Communities Program Fund is allocated to local governments, so it is incumbent upon those agencies to carry out effective litter abatement programs. Those programs should include the volunteer cleanup of public lands, enforcement of anti-litter laws, and education of children and adults.
Municipalities and counties accepting grant funds should -
- Designate a Clean Communities coordinator
- Organize volunteer cleanups of public properties
- Adopt and enforce anti-littering ordinances
- Develop a public information and education program
- Recycle recyclable litter
Municipalities and counties accepting grant funds may-
- Purchase equipment to be used for picking up litter and debris
- Purchase litter receptacles and recycling bins
- Purchase anti-litter signs
- Purchase labels for storm drains
- Purchase supplies to remove graffiti
- Encourage businesses, community organizations and residents to “adopt” public property and keep it clean
- Organize and publicize cleanup days
- Sponsor contests in the schools
- Host awards programs
- Send press releases or purchase ads in newspapers
- Participate in workshops, conferences and awards programs offered by the Clean Communities Council
Municipalities and counties accepting grant funds are required by the 2002 Clean Communities Act to submit statistical reports each year to the Clean Communities Council. The reports may be completed online at www.njclean.org. Statistical reports are due no later than June 30, with a one-month grace period. The deadline for the expenditures of funds established by the Department of Environmental Protection is June 30 of the next calendar year. As per State requirements, records regarding Clean Communities grant expenditures should be kept for six years after the expiration of the grant.
Remember to involve businesses, community organizations, schools and residents in programs and projects developed to reduce litter. Litter is everyone’s responsibility. It’s a matter of community pride!
Index to this CD
This CD contains documents and graphics. Some of these documents contain links to other sites which can only be accessed with a connection to the internet.
The index and links to files below are provided in Microsoft Word format. In some cases, files are only available in Adobe Acrobat (pdf). You will need the most current, updated version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, available as a free download, to view the PDF documents on this CD.
Disclaimer: The links and documents found on this CD are provided to help you find tools and information you may need to Make Clean Communities Work for You. These links do not represent an endorsement of the products or any commercial enterprise.
State Guidelines for Spending your Clean Communities Grant
Clean Communities Statute
Clean Communities Council and Activities trustees
County Coordinators List
Annual Report Guidelines
Clean Communities Best Practices CD Index
NEW! COVID-19 Resources
- PPE Litter graphics – (Hudson, Monmouth, Union, Salem)
- COVID-19 Group Release form for Litter Cleanups (Salem County)
- Virtual Shows Graphic (Union County)
- Litter PSA Video (Union County)
- PPE Billboard (Middlesex County)
- Cleanup Resources
- Press Release Tips
- Sample Press Releases
- Litter Pickup - Tales from the Trenches
- Safety Rules
- Pictures of Equipment
- Sample Postcard – (Salem) (Publisher)
- Supply list (Salem) (Publisher)
- Group Release - (Salem)
- Adopt-a-Road Slogans (Salem)
- Samples of signs (Middlesex)
- Volunteer Sign in Sheet
- Participation Certificate
- Clean up Hints
- Work Log (Howell)
- Sample Adopt a Road Brochure (Middlesex) (Salem)
- Volume to weight conversions file 1 file 2 Massachusetts King County EPA Vermont updated!
- Measuring Cleanup Areas
- Adopt a...
- Adopt a Beach
- Adopt a Highway - DOT
- Adopt a Lot (Hudson)
- Adopt an Open Space (Camden)
- Adopt a Park (Union)
- Adopt a Road
- Adopt a Train Station
- One-day Cleanup Events (mandated for municipalities)
- Sample Flyer (Clifton) (Fanwood) (South Brunswick1) (South Brunswick2) (Fairlawn) (Burlington) (Berkeley Heights)
- Sample Program Introduction (Howell)
- Alternate Labor
- Morris County’s Sheriff’s Labor Assistance Program
- Middlesex County’s Inmate Labor Program
- Department of Corrections Program
- Somerset County Probation Community Service
- Salem County Correctional Facility Work Detail
- Urban Cleanup Teams
- Paid -cleanups
- Schools Slam Dunk the Junk Grant (Morris)
- Graffiti Removal
- Involve your businesses and nonprofit organizations
- Clean Business Association (South Plainfield)
- Storefront Cleanups (New Brunswick)
- Top 10 Ways for a Litter Free Work Environment
- Clean Builders
- Central Jersey Stream Team
- Clean for a Cause (Galloway Township)
- Cleaning up Marine Debris with Dive Teams
- Assembly Program List A note to presenters updated!
- Book Suggestions
- Trash Talk - Glossary of Common Solid Waste Words
- Curriculum and Activity Guides
- Tips for a Great Presentation & presentation tips (Bill Kerwood)
- Creative ways to change behavior
- “One person’s trash is another’s teaching tool” article
- Stop Light Litter Education Posters (New Brunswick)
- Clean Communities Handbook – (Publisher file) (Fairlawn)
- Bingo Cards Words
- Jeopardy Game
- Clean Communities Activity Book updated!
- Instructions for Building your own Storm Drain Model (NJDEP) pre-purchased Environmental Models
- Litter Pledge Websites
- Green Ball
- Prize Wheel sample questions 1 sample questions 2 (Publisher file)
- Button Maker
- Display Boards
- Creative Clothing (Morris County & Old Bridge)
- Coloring Book (Toms River) cover book (pdf)
- Robots and Mascots
- “How long does it take to decompose?” game
- Suggested Environmental Projects for Schools AmeriCorps Programs
MOVIES & POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS
- Clean Communities Presentation (Morris)
- Sam the Tuna Educational Presentation (Ocean)
- The Earth Science Circus Television Pilot – Grand Falloons
- Adopt-A-Road DVD (Salem)
- Adopt-A-Highway Video ( NJDOT)
- Clean Bin Project Movie new!
- Plastic Paradise – The Movie about Plastics in our Oceans
- Battle of the Bag - CBC Documentary
- Poster Contests (Alloway) (Newark) (Morris County)
- Essay & Drawing Contests (Middlesex County)
- Litter Slogan Contest (Old Bridge)
- Superhero Poster and Smart Art (Bridgewater)
- Bag Decorating (Brick)
- Common Cause - Empowering the public to keep public spaces clean (Public Works Magazine)
- Crime Begets Grime (Waste Age)
- Littered Communities Lead to Littered Waterways (Clean Ocean Action)
- State Statute
- Model Ordinance Bergen County Ordinance Fair Lawn Municipal Ordinance
- Litter Marshals (Fair Lawn) Brochure Welcome Letter Warning Letter Reporting Pad
- Illegal Dumping Flyer (word) ( Publisher file) (Morris) Investigating Illegal Dumping (Publisher file) (Morris)
- NJDEP - Stop Dumping NJ
- Cameras to combat illegal dumping - FLASHCAM Morris County’s Program
- Ban ordinances in New Jersey Plastic Bags Balloons Smoking new!
GREAT IDEAS SECTION
- Keep it Covered Program (Salem)
- Celebrity Reader
- Trash Hunt (Cumberland)
- Fishing Line Receptacles (State of NJ/BoatUS)
- Green Events
- Litter Free Union Morris Fairlawn
- Green Guidelines for vendors at your event Atlantic (click on vendors) new!
- Tips for Successful Recycling at Outdoor locations from Recycle Away
- Carry In, Carry Out Program (Sandy Hook)
- Marine Debris
- Marine Debris Litter Websites
- Various Articles
- Mega Expedition boats return with data on plastic trash (WasteDIVE)
- What happens when our oceans become landfills (WasteDIVE)
- 90% of seabirds have plastic waste in their stomachs (WasteDIVE)
- World’s Oceans Clogged by Millions of Tons of Plastic Trash (Scientific American)
- The Great Garbage Patch (WIH Resource Group -YouTube video)
- Ocean Conservancy’s Clean Swell app
- Trash Talking Turtles
- Stopping Trash Where it Starts Report and Toolkit new!
- Mosquito Control Bergen Bites Back
- Green tip of the week (Sayreville)
- Plogging new!
- Pet Waste Flyer (South Brunswick)
- Solutions to Stormwater Pollution (State)
- Only Rain Down the Drain (Galloway)
- Stormwater Information (Roxbury)
- Nonpoint Source Pollution (Somerset)
- Storm Drain Cleanup Brochure (South Plainfield)
- Storm Drain Marker Inventory Form (Fairlawn)
- Storm Drain Brochure (Fairlawn)
DID YOU KNOW?
GRAPHICS AND VENDORS LIST
- File 1 Graphics (Clip Art) Old Clip Art
- Clean Communities Logo jpeg eps(vector) jpeg with no writing
- Clean Builders Logo eps(vector) jpeg
- Adopt a Beach Logo jpeg
- Adopt a Highway Logo jpeg
- Timetable for decomposition of litter jpeg
- Litter Decomposition Graphic jpeg (courtesy of Union County’s Kelly Coyle)
- 2012 Beach Litter Graphic (Clean Ocean Action)
- 10 Things You Can Do for Trash Free Seas (Ocean Conservancy)
- Top 10 Items Found During Cleanups (Burlington)
- NJDEP infographics – including one on litter NJDEP waterways infographic pdf jpg updated!
- VENDORS ALPHABETICAL LIST VENDORS LIST BY CATEGORY updated!