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. Municipalities and counties must file statistical reports with the New Jersey Clean Communities Council, Inc. every grant year. Statistical reports track the expenditure of funds and the progress of local programs.
New Jersey Clean Communities Council, Inc.
The New Jersey Clean Communities Council, Inc. is the 501c3 nonprofit that works closely with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Department of Treasury to administer the Clean Communities program. The Clean Communities Council began as an advisory committee to the Department of Environmental Protection’s Clean Communities program in 1989. In 1995, in the face of state budget cuts that virtually eliminated the state positions that provided program oversight and statewide education for the program, the advisory committee sought and received nonprofit status; and became the New Jersey Clean Communities Council, Inc.
1986 – New Jersey Clean Communities was created by the passage of the Clean Communities Act.
1988-1993 – Clean Communities Act was amended to streamline the process for disbursing grants.
1989 – NJ Department of Environmental Protection released a statewide, visual Litter Survey.
1993 – Governor’s Executive Order changed the disbursement of Clean Communities funds from grants to state-aid; eliminated program administration and oversight provided by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection; and increased funding for the state parks service.
1995 – Clean Communities Advisory Committee received status as a 501c3 nonprofit corporation; and became the New Jersey Clean Communities Council, Inc.
2000 – Clean Communities Act was passed; the Act provided funding for a nonprofit solely dedicated to litter abatement education; funding was disbursed to the Clean Communities Council.
2003 – Clean Communities Act was reauthorized with an appropriation of $4 million to for the State Recycling Fund and increased funding for the nonprofit solely dedicated to litter abatement education; the Clean Communities Council set up an office at 479 State Street in Trenton and hired its first Executive Director.
2004 – Clean Communities Council released a statewide, visual Litter Survey; and began to implement the plan-of-action recommended by the Litter Survey; launched Urban Cleanup Team program.
2006 – Best Practices Committee released the first Best Practices in Clean Communities CD.
2008 – Recycling Enhancement Act was passed; The Act provided a mechanism for funding for the State Recycling Program, increased the State Clean Communities Program Fund by $4 million, and increased funding for the Clean Communities Council to conduct a media campaign that would sustain a reduction in litter.
2009 – Clean Communities Council launched the Slam Dunk the Junk media campaign; honored the first New Jersey Clean Communities Environmental Ambassador.
2011 – Clean Communities Council assumed responsibility for New Jersey’s Adopt-A-Beach program; launched online statistical reporting system.
2012 – Clean Communities Council partnered with the NJ Department of Transportation to resurrect New Jersey’s volunteer Adopt-A-Highway program.
2012 – Partnered with the Atlantic County Utilities Authority to launch the Online Reporting System for statistical report submission.
2013 – Clean Communities Council launched the Clean Water Challenge to occur annual on March 1-April 30.
2014 – Celebrated New Jersey’s 350th Anniversary and released the History of Trash and Clean Communities video and activity guide.
2015 – Partnered with Rutgers University Office of Continuing Professional Education to launch the first Clean Communities Coordinator Certification program.
2016 – Partnered with Coca-Cola North America Group to launch the NJ Beach Bird campaign.