BAYONNE, NJ - Keeping streets clean doesn’t just inspire pride in Bayonne, it is also good for business, city officials said as they launched the second phase of the local Clean Sweeps Program.

The program kicked off last month with local boy scout troops picking various blocks in the city to clean up – an attempt to spruce up the city following the COVID-19 lockdown. The second phase, officials said, includes businesses and putting up signs throughout the city that will encourage people to take pride.

“It’s an idea we saw working in Jersey City,” said Councilman at-large Juan Perez. “We knew it could work here, too.” Perez hooked up with First Ward Councilman Neil Carroll III to meet with business owners and distribute the new signs.

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“We have six businesses that are displaying them so far, mostly in the First Ward,” said Carroll. “But I’m hoping to meet with other council members to get them to sign on the program as well.”

“The sign says don’t litter, and pick up after your dog,” Carroll said. “We believe the sign gives some force to keeping the city clean. Businesses seem to have jumped on it and are big supporters.” Funding comes from a county Clean Communities grant, Carroll said.

“I’m going on a tour and talking to each of the businesses,” Carroll said. “I’ll give them a sign if they want it. If private citizens or other businesses want it, they can contact us on social media or through city hall.”

“Everybody has our numbers,” Perez added.

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