MONTVILLE, NJ – Projects accomplished throughout the township with the help of a grant from the state saved the taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars, according to township administrators.

The New Jersey Clean Communities grant, which Montville Township has received for more than ten years, has aided the township in making improvements to the Community Park, and clean up garbage around the township.

This year $40,000 to $50,000 was saved with the help of the grant, according to Assistant Administrator June Hercek.

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New Jersey Clean Communities is a statewide, comprehensive, litter-abatement program created by the passage of the Clean Communities Act in 1986. The Act provides a funding source for the program by placing a tax on fifteen categories of businesses that may produce litter-generating products.  The Clean Communities Program Fund generates about $18 million each year and is disbursed each year to municipalities, counties, state parks service, and the New Jersey Clean Communities Council. The Act also provides guidelines on the use of funds. Municipalities and counties must implement litter abatement programs that incorporate the elements of cleanup, enforcement and education, according to the Clean Communities website. 

This year’s projects included preparing the playground for its renovation, according to General Supervisor Lars Darling of the Montville Township Department of Public Works. The crew of ten part-time workers also worked at the town’s dog park, weeding, laying gravel and mulch, and picking up garbage. The crews also weeded at the Senior House and police station, and they painted fire hydrants, he said.

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