MONTVILLE, NJ – Montville Township officials used grant funds from New Jersey Clean Communities for a town-wide litter abatement program. The workers, who were hired for five weeks, also made improvements throughout the township, according to Assistant Township Administrator June Hercek.

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. 

The projects completed included:

  • Mulch was replaced at the playgrounds at Community Park, Etta Conner Field, Manchester Park and Reilly Field. Weeds were also removed from all of the mulch areas in these locations.
  • 29 benches at Community Park were disassembled, painted and refurbished with new recycled seating materials. They were painted “Montville Green.”
  • The Community Park Pavilion was completely stained, and the bocce ball courts were weeded and refurbished.
  • Weeds were completely removed from all areas of the dog park, and all wooden structures were stained.  The structures include the gazebos, tree fences, agility equipment, planting areas and fence posts.
  • Trash was removed along Hook Mountain Road and Maple Avenue.
  • Fire hydrants were painted along all of Changebridge Road, and Route 202 from Boonton to River Road.

The township received $48,776 in grant funds of the $99,208 received in Morris County.