SPARTA, NJ-At the Township Council meeting on Tuesday night, Township Manager Bill Close announced Sparta had received a Clean Communities Grant Award. The $41,000 grant is from the state Clean Communities program. The grant money will be earmarked for “a variety of projects including litter control and litter related projects such as road side clean up, Adopt-a-Road program and garbage and recycling receptacles in Sparta parks and public buildings,” according to Close.
The grant money will be combined with the recycling tonnage money to continue recycling and litter programs already in place.
The New Jersey Clean Communities program has served the state’s residents for 25 years as part of the Clean Communities Act passed in 1986. This act provides funding for programs in the form of grants to municipalities, counties and state parks. According to the program’s published information, their “mission is to reduce litter on public places, promote the volunteer cleanup of public lands and sustain a reduction in litter through education.”
In Sparta there will be educational programs available to the school children in the community as well. Eric Powell is the Township Recycling Coordinator. Powell will coordinate all of the programs related to the grant.