Help Keep New Brunswick Clean and Green – Become a Block Captain!

Residents who wish to help New Brunswick look its best are asked to consider becoming a Clean City Block Captain.

Since the beginning of 2014, more than seven tons of litter have been removed from City streets due to the efforts of Clean City Block Captains and other volunteers.

Overseen by the City’s Clean Communities program, Block Captains are volunteers whose role is to educate their neighbors about the proper disposal of trash and recycling in New Brunswick. They also organize community cleanups in their neighborhoods.

Since the beginning of the year, Block Captains have coordinated 19 cleanups, resulting in the collection of 1,275 pounds of trash and 330 pounds of recycling.

In addition to the efforts of the Block Captains, 10 community cleanups have also taken place, netting approximately 7,650 pounds of trash and 2,985 pounds of recycling.

Those community cleanups were organized in connection with community groups like Holy Family Parish, the Rutgers Student Volunteer Council, Esperanza Neighborhood Project, the New Brunswick Environmental Commission and the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick.

Clean Communities Coordinator Donna Caputo was recently honored with the New Jersey Clean Communities Council’s Municipal Coordinator Award for her efforts in helping to lead the cleanups.

Caputo, who is also the Municipal Recycling Coordinator for the City of New Brunswick, was one of three people chosen to receive the award.

“This award is well deserved, as Donna is dedicated to ensuring a clean community for all of us here in New Brunswick,” said Mayor Jim Cahill. “I commend her efforts, as well as those of our Block Captains and community volunteers that work hard to beautify our City.”

Caputo asks that anyone interested in keeping the City clean consider volunteering as a Clean City Block Captain.

“Our Block Captains are a great asset in our mission to keep the City clear of litter,” Caputo said. “We appreciate their efforts and ask others who are interested in clean, green streets to consider being a part of the team.”

For more information on how to become a Block Captain, call (732) 745-5245 or visit

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