NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Last year was one of the most effective for New Brunswick’s Clean Communities program, with a total of 25 volunteer litter cleanups city-wide, yielding about seven tons of litter and four tons of recyclables removed from the streets by more than 1,000 volunteers.

For these major successes, New Brunswick has been awarded the New Jersey Clean Communities Council’s (NJCCC) Urban Cleanup Team Award.

The city has a unique, five-step litter reduction program that includes community education, the Clean City Block Captain Program, the Large Volunteer Group Cleanup Program and enforcement. The newest initiative is the Team Up to Clean Up program focusing on community groups holding at least three city cleanups per year.

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“This award recognizes our comprehensive and dedicated approach to not only reducing litter throughout our city, but enlisting the help of our community partners toward achieving that goal,” said Jennifer Bradshaw, a city spokesperson. “We would not have made such strides without the help of our houses or worship, businesses, community groups, students from our public schools and Rutgers University, and the efforts of our residents.”    

NJCCC is a comprehensive, statewide litter-abatement program that has served New Jersey residents and visitors for more than 25 years. Learn more at njclean.org.

To become part of the Urban Cleanup Team program, municipalities must meet certain criteria, such as being located in densely populated areas where litter tends to accumulate, implementing a broad-based Clean Communities program, organizing at least one community-wide volunteer cleanup and demonstrating the support of the mayor and other public officials.

Perth Amboy and Plainfield are among the other 13 participating municipalities.