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VLS 2019 - Guidelines

(click here for a PDF copy of the Guidelines)


Community organizations, business, individuals, and Clean Communities coordinators are invited to conduct visual litter surveys as part of VLS 2019. A curriculum has been developed for Certified Clean Communities Coordinators.

In order to complete the VLS 2019 Curriculum, coordinators must adhere to the following guidelines:

• Review the 2018 Visual Litter Survey.
• Attend the VLS 2019 Launch Seminar on May 2, 2019.
• Conduct at least one VLS/Cleanup between June 1 – December 31, 2019.
• Develop a solution to the litter problem you observed during your VLS/Cleanup.
• Submit the required final written assignment by December 31, 2019.


Coordinators are asked to follow the VLS 2019 procedures:

• Establish the purpose or goal of the VLS/Cleanup.
• Determine the location/s and date/s of the VLS/Cleanup.
• Register the VLS/Cleanup/s online at njclean.org.
• Organize a team of volunteers/staff.
• Ensure that volunteers/staff adhere to safety rules.
• Ensure that volunteers sign waiver forms.
• Conduct the VLS/Cleanup.
• Submit the Final Assignment.

Final Assignment

The final assignment is a paper that must include the following information:

Contact Information:

• Name of Team Captain______________________
• Name of County or Municipality____________________________
• Address______________________________
• Phone_____________________
• Email_____________________

Town Specs:

• Location__________________
• Size_______________
• Population________________________
• Unique Features_____________________________________________________________
• Clean Communities Grant Allocation_____________________

Location/s and Date/s of Cleanup/s

• Location/Date___________________________
• Location/Date_____________________
• Locations/Date__________________________________

Plan of Action

• Project Goals & Objectives____________________________
• Description of VLS/Cleanup_________________________
• Results of Survey based on data collected_________________________________
• What was the source of the litter and what is the solution? How will you implement the solution? Is the solution realistic, and if not, why not? Paper should be about five (5) pages in length, double-spaced, Arial font preferred. While this assignment is about content, please pay attention to style and grammar. Click here to download data sheets form and complete the information requested, and mail the results directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


VLS 2019 - Waterways

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New Jersey Clean Communities Council, Inc.
New Jersey Department of Transportation
Ocean Conservancy
Rutgers/NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education
Environmental Resources Planning, LLC
Clean Communities County and Municipal Coordinators


Welcome to VLS 2019, a visual litter survey of New Jersey’s waterways, including beaches, rivers, lakes and streams, streets leading to waterways, and/or storm drains. Our purpose is to identify types and amounts of litter, develop solutions to the litter problems, and ultimately reduce litter.

Community organizations, business, individuals, and Clean Communities coordinators are invited to participate now through December 31, 2019. Participants must adhere to the Guidelines. Coordinators may earn re-certification credits. Data collected will be submitted to Ocean Conservancy as part of the International Coastal Cleanup. Registration is required.

In addition, Environmental Resources Planning will conduct a visual litter survey of New Jersey’s waterways with support from Ocean Conservancy. This survey will consist of 94 sites representing a variety of waterways throughout the state and is being funded by the NJ Department of Transportation and the American Chemical Council. A report will be released in 2020.

Guidelines  -  Data Forms  -  Registration


Thank you for participating in VLS 2019!