Monday, March 1st, 2010

Public schools, grades 6 through 12, in Morris County are being offered the chance to participate in a pilot litter abatement program sponsored by the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority through the Morris County Clean Communities program.

According to Liz Sweedy, Morris County Clean Communities coordinator, “Slam Dunk the Junk, Put Litter in its Place,” is a statewide effort by the New Jersey Clean Communities program that focuses on the cleanup of litter, enforcement and changing the attitudes of those who litter through education.

Under the MCMUA pilot program, Sweedy said a public school must have at least 20 students and their adult supervisors participate in a litter cleanup of at least two acres of school grounds, which may include school property, ball fields and any wooded areas on the school property, between April 15 and June 5, 2010.

Once the project is complete, the school will receive a $500 grant to purchase outdoor containers for trash and recyclables or indoor containers for recyclables only.

The other pilot program component is an optional school-run poster contest for
public school students in grades 6 though 12. County winners will each receive a $200 gift certificate, and will have their artwork replicated on a recycling container for their school, Sweedy said.

Public schools may participate in one or both elements of the grant program, but to do so, an application must be completed by a school administrator or faculty member and returned to the MCMUA by March 10. Only students in schools that are participating can enter the poster contest.

Additional information about the pilot grant program may be obtained by contacting Sweedy at 973-285-8393.