Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has awarded the City of Bayonne $121,435.27 in Clean Communities funding.  This grant represents an increase over last year’s $106,246 in Clean Communities funding.  New Jersey’s Clean Communities grants help municipalities and counties conduct a variety of anti-litter activities.

Mayor Davis said, “I would like to thank the NJDEP for this increase in Bayonne’s Clean Communities funding.  The City of Bayonne will use this grant for trash receptacles, leaf bags, equipment, clean-ups, and related administrative costs.”  Clean Communities funds assist monthly clean-ups by the Bayonne Nature Club and the annual Clean Shores program, in which state prisoners remove debris from Bayonne’s shorelines.”

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.  The housing unit information is from the U.S. Census.  The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) provided the road mileage for Bayonne to the NJDEP.

Activities funded by Clean Communities grants across the state include clean-ups of stormwater systems that can disperse trash into streams, rivers, and bays; beach clean-ups; public information and education campaigns; and purchases of litter collection equipment such as receptacles, recycling bins, anti-litter signs, and graffiti removal supplies.

The State of New Jersey created the Clean Communities Program in 1986.