EDISON, NJ – The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded Edison Township a $147,896 grant under its 2014 Clean Communities program, Mayor Thomas Lankey announced.
Edison intends to use the grant money for a local “quality-of-life initiative” to monitor and enforce property maintenance and management throughout the 32-sqaure-mile community, Lankey said.
Edison’s grant is part of $15.2 million that the DEP is awarding to 559 eligible municipalities. Seven municipalities are not eligible because they have fewer than 200 housing units. An additional $1.9 million is being awarded to all 21 counties, including Middlesex County which is to receive $83,789.
The 2014 Clean Communities grant to Edison is nearly $10,000 less than the town received in 2013 when it was awarded $157,738.
Under state law, the nonprofit New Jersey Clean Communities oversees the reporting requirements for the program. Grants are funded by a state 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.
“New Jersey Clean Communities is a grassroots, community-driven litter abatement program that depends on funding disbursed to towns and counties every year,” said Sandy Huber, the group’s executive director.
"We are pleased to provide support to towns like Edison. Our grants help to fund for cleanup, enforcement and education, and relieve strained municipal budgets, create jobs and promote volunteerism,” Sandy Huber, executive director of the New Jersey Clean Communities Council.
Among the larger Clean Communities grants awarded to other Middlesex County towns were $145,000 to Woodbridge; $101,259 to Old Bridge; $83,473 to Piscataway; and $81,305 to East Brunswick. Each are to receive lower grant allocations from 2013.