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May 2, 2012

RE: Administration awards Clean Communities Grants and Historic Preservation Awards

Dear Mayor:

On Monday, the Christie Administration announced the award of nearly $16 million in Clean Communities grants to help municipalities and counties fund litter cleanup efforts that help beautify New Jersey’s communities and roadsides.

The DEP awarded $13.86 million to 559 eligible municipalities. Seven municipalities are not eligible because they have fewer than 200 housing units. An additional $1.73 million was awarded to all 21 counties.

As established by law, the nonprofit Clean Communities Council oversees the reporting requirements for the program.

The Clean Communities grants are funded by a legislated 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. Disbursements to counties are based on the number of miles of roads each county owns.

The municipalities receiving the largest grant awards are: Newark, Essex County ($322,906); Jersey City, Hudson County ($297,748); Toms River, Ocean County ($1681,297); Hamilton, Mercer County; (142,745); Edison, Middlesex County ($134,350); Elizabeth, Union County ($132,690), Woodbridge, Middlesex County ($131,533), Brick, Ocean County ($127,792); Middletown, Monmouth County ($114,937); and Cherry Hill, Camden County ($113,429).

Litter comes from pedestrians, motorists, overflowing household garbage, construction sites and uncovered trucks, and is often blown by the wind until it is trapped somewhere, as along a fence. People tend to litter when an area is already littered, and when they do not feel a sense of ownership or community pride. Litter is unsightly, unhealthy and can create a negative public image.

Among the activities funded by the grants are volunteer cleanups of public properties, adoption and enforcement of local anti-littering ordinances, beach cleanups, public information and education programs, purchases of equipment used to collect litter, purchases of litter receptacles and recycling bins, purchases of anti-litter signs, purchases of supplies to remove graffiti, and cleanups of stormwater systems that can disperse trash into streams, rivers and bays.

For lists of municipal and county grant awards, visit: and

Then yesterday, to mark May as National Preservation Month in New Jersey, the Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Historic Sites Council announced the recipients of 22nd Annual Historic Preservation Awards to honor projects and groups or persons dedicated to preserving the state’s history.

Held at the Roebling Museum in Florence, the ceremony honored a grass-roots effort to save a Revolutionary War-era house from demolition in Clinton Township; the rehabilitation of old shipping sheds and wharves in a fragile ecosystem in Commercial Township; the recovery of an historic railroad station in Demarest; and a contractor with a prolific record of preserving historic sites.

The DEP’s Historic Preservation Office and the New Jersey Historic Sites Council honor persons, projects or programs judged to demonstrate exceptional merit in the field of historic preservation, following the guidelines of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

For more information on the Historic Preservation Awards, including winners in previous years, visit:

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director




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