Monday, May 16th, 2016
PROGRAM FUNDS LITTER CLEANUPS THAT IMPROVE NEW JERSEY’S COMMUNITIES
The Christie Administration is awarding a record $23.7 million in Clean Communities grants statewide, including more than $1.4 million to Morris County government and the county’s 39 towns, to help municipalities and counties conduct litter cleanup efforts to help beautify New Jersey’s communities and roadsides.
Morris County is getting $116,648 and the municipalities are sharing about $1.3 million.
“The Clean Communities money helps beautify communities and protect natural resources,” said Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin. “Keeping our communities clean is just one way to improve the quality of life and build pride in our municipalities statewide.”
“We appreciate the state funds, which will benefit the county and our towns, which can put the money to good use to help finance volunteer cleanups, equipment purchases, enforcement activities, and education,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo.
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.
The funding for Morris County government, which comes through the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority, is used primarily for litter cleanups of county roads, litter abatement education, recycling of illegally dumped tires and for enforcement of litter violations. For more information on Morris County’s Clean Communities Program, visit: http://www.mcmua.com/sw_cc.asp
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.
“Simple initiatives such as litter control go a long way to making our communities healthier, stronger, and more sustainable,” said Mark Pedersen, DEP Assistant Commissioner for Site Remediation and Waste Management.
As established 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.
Municipalities receiving the largest grants are Newark, $494,289; Jersey City, $456,609; Toms River $257,441; and Paterson, $221,250. In Morris County, the largest grant awards are to Parsippany, $127,591; Mount Olive, $75,293, Randolph, $67, 797; Jefferson, $64,325; Rockaway Township, $63,668; Roxbury, $61,405; Washington Township, $60,876; and Morris Township, $60,866.
The counties receiving the largest grant awards are: Ocean, $244,853, Cumberland, $213,520, Burlington, $199,728, Bergen, $174,015 and Gloucester, $160,944. Morris County is getting $116,648.
For a complete list of municipal and county grant awards in Morris County and statewide, visit: http://www.njclean.org and click “grant amounts – 2016’’ on the left side drop down menu.
See chart below for town-by-town breakdown in Morris County:
|Municipality||FY16 Actual Distribution|
|EAST HANOVER TWP||$27,956|
|FLORHAM PARK BORO||$25,998|
|LINCOLN PARK BORO||$26,272|
|LONG HILL TWP||$24,863|
|MINE HILL TWP||$9,498|
|MORRIS PLAINS BORO||$14,833|
|MOUNT ARLINGTON BORO||$14,078|
|MOUNT OLIVE TWP||$75,293|
|MOUNTAIN LAKES BORO||$12,184|
|PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS TWP||$127,59|
|VICTORY GARDENS BORO||$4,000|