New Jersey Clean Communities Council
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Urban Cleanup Team

The Clean Communities Council officially launched the Urban Cleanup Team in the spring of 2004 following the release of a statewide, visual Litter Survey. The survey concluded that that the amount of litter visible on roadways in urban areas in New Jersey is significantly greater than in other states. The project encourages municipalities located in densely populated areas to join the “team” and work together for a cleaner New Jersey.  The first urban cleanup organized by the Clean Communities Council was The “Gateway to a Cleaner Community” community cleanup, renamed in 2007 “Gateway to a Cleaner Newark.” The Gateway Cleanup was based on a model created by the state Department of Environmental Protection and the City of Trenton in 1989.  The Litter March cleanup held each year during earth Week attracts nearly 1,000 participants every year.

Trenton Cleanup 2010   

Criteria for Membership

Municipality must—

  • Municipality must be located in a densely populated area where litter tends to accumulate; 
  • Implement a broad-based Clean Communities program involving cleanup, enforcement and education;
  • Submit statistical reports in a timely fashion;
  • Organize at least one volunteer cleanup at every year in conjunction with the Clean Communities Council; and
  • Demonstrate the support of the mayor and other public officials.

Team Members

Asbury Park
Atlantic City
Clifton (partner)
East Orange
Hackensack (partner)
Jersey City
New Brunswick
Passaic City
Perth Amboy
South Orange
West Orange (partner)