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Rutgers Students Team up to Clean Up with City DPW

Rutgers University students pose for a photo during a litter cleanup organized by the Rutgers Office of Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships.

The Rutgers University Office of Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships hosted four successful volunteer litter cleanup events in New Brunswick in September and October 2017, removing a total of 58 bags of of litter and 69 bags of recycling from our City Streets – a total of 1.24 tons of litter and recycling!

Rutgers University students pose for a photo on Easton Avenue during a litter cleanup organized by the Rutgers Office of Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships.

Community Groups Clean Over a Ton Of Litter and Recycling in New Brunswick!

Volunteers with the Esperanza Neighborhood Project pose for a photo at Joyce Kilmer Park.

Volunteers and DPW workers pictured during a cleanup organized by the New Brunswick Environmental Commission

An estimated 2,075 pounds of trash and 885 pounds of recycling were removed from City streets and wooded areas following a weekend of productive community litter cleanups in New Brunswick.

On Saturday, October 14, a team of 19 Unity Square volunteers  cleaned 325 pounds of trash and 210 pounds of recycling from streets in the Remsen Avenue neighborhood near the Unity Square Community Center.

Volunteers with Unity Square pose for a photo on October 14 on Remsen Avenue.

Twenty-two volunteers with a team sponsored by the New Brunswick Environmental Commission and the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership spent the morning of Sunday, October 15 cleaning 1,300 pounds of trash and 255 pounds of recycling from the Mile Run Brook area, located near the intersection of Hamilton Street and Woodbridge Street.

That Sunday afternoon, 40 volunteers with the Esperanza Neighborhood Project took to the neighborhood of Joyce Kilmer Park, cleaning 450 pounds of trash and 420 pounds of recycling.

The City is grateful for the efforts of these engaged volunteers, as it is the enthusiasm and care of our community members that helps to keep our City clean and green!

DPW and County Team up On Confidential, Eco-Friendly Paper Shred

Rain couldn’t stop a July 7th paper shredding event at New Brunswick High School.

Hosted by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the City of New Brunswick, the event was open to all residents of Middlesex County. SafeGuard Document Destruction destroyed all documents in a confidential and eco-friendly manner.

Urban Cleanup Week 2017 was a success!

School Kids Sweep Up Day was successful for another year as 5th graders from Redshaw, Livingston, Lord Stirling and Lincoln Annex schools removed approximately 1,220 pounds of trash and 490 pounds of recyclables for an estimated total of .85 tons off the streets in their neighborhoods. All was taken by the New Brunswick DPW for proper disposal and recycling.

Students from Lincoln Annex, Livingston, Lord Stirling and Redshaw schools collecting litter on April 26, 2017 during School Kids Sweep Up Day, held annually as part of the City’s Urban Cleanup Week.

School Kids Sweep Up Day is held annually as part of the City’s Urban Cleanup Week. Students from elementary schools in town mobilize, grab gloves, safety vests and brooms and spend the day outside cleaning up litter and learning about the importance of recycling and proper trash disposal. They are then treated to a Clean City Celebration that entails the annual Slam Dunk the Junk basketball game.

Slam Dunk the Junk contest winners from Livingston School are pictured here with officers from the New Brunswick Police Department

To promote a little friendly competition, the schools were challenged to see how much they could collect as a team. Redshaw School came in first and earned the “Golden Broom” Award with 27 lbs per student.

Awards Table featuring the “Golden Broom”

The students were aided by employees from the New Brunswick DPW, Unitex and Coca-Cola, the event’s longtime sponsors. Unitex and Coca-Cola also donated lunch and bottled water to keep the students nourished.

Students from Lincoln Annex, Livingston, Lord Stirling and Redshaw schools collecting litter on April 26, 2017 during School Kids Sweep Up Day, held annually as part of the City’s Urban Cleanup Week.

Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management helped with a cleanup with the 5th graders and ran the School Kids Sweep Up Day Prize Wheel – an environmental trivia prize wheel.

Students from Lincoln Annex, Livingston, Lord Stirling and Redshaw schools play at the Clean City Celebration.

Another volunteer litter cleanup with Rutgers students removed approximately 1,025 pounds of trash and 675 pounds of recyclables for an estimated total of .84 tons.

Rutgers students collecting litter April 22, 2017

100 Rutgers students collecting litter April 22, 2017

Of course even more litter was removed by businesses, houses of worship and individual residents during Urban Cleanup Week.

Each year, the efforts of students, businesses, houses of worship and individual residents make a real difference in the cleanliness and beautification of our community, and each year, they all enthusiastically rise to the task of keeping their neighborhoods clean. They did an awesome job this year and we’re already gearing up for next year!

E-Waste Recycling on Second Saturdays

Residents may drop off TVs, laptop and desktop computers at the DPW building on Jersey Avenue on the second Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to noon during the City’s Electronic (E) Waste Recycling program. No other electronics will be accepted during the drop-off.

At a time when the City has been specially recognized by Sustainable Jersey award and when “going green” is a growing issue of importance, ensuring proper product recycling and relegation is the key to doing everything we can today for a better tomorrow!

Recycling 101

Recycling can become confusing. From plastics to cans to paper and then you add in those tiny numbers that are supposed to make recycling easier…but the question is, here in New Brunswick, what numbers can you recycle?

Well, here’s the answer plus some helpful hints.

  1. Always recycle #’s 1 and 2Recycling Numbers 1 and 2
  2. Use bins, not bags! Bags get stuck in the recycling equipment at the facilities, cause more collection injuries and delay both trash and recycling collection. So rather than putting your recyclables in bags, please put them in the City recycling bins. Check them out here: http://thecityofnewbrunswick.org/blog/2015/03/05/use-bins-not-bags/
  3. Any paper you can easily tear can be recycled
  4. Staples don’t need to be removed from papers
  5. Bottle Caps should be thrown in the trash
  6. Household batteries go in the trash, but rechargeable and cell phone batteries get recycled
  7. Place recycling curbside the night before your recycling collection day after 5:00 p.m.
  8. Bundle and tie all corrugated cardboard for recycling collection.

For an even easier way to figure out what’s recyclable and what’s trash, download the free MyWaste app.

http://thecityofnewbrunswick.org/public-works/my-waste/

Use Bins – Not Bags!

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When disposing of recyclables, New Brunswick residents must use bins instead of bags. But why?
The City of New Brunswick does not allow for pickup of recyclable items in bags. The disposal of recyclables in bins is better for the environment and for the sanitation workers tasked with picking them up. Bins cost less, they do not produce extra waste, and they’re easier to pick up and empty than bags. They can also get tangled in machines at recycling plants, slowing down the process.
Residents should places their cans, bottles and mixed paper curbside in open ridged containers that are no more than 32 gallons in size and no heavier than 50 pounds. This way, sanitation workers will be best able to quickly and efficiently handle collection.

Sustainable Jersey Award-Winning Clean City Block Captain Program

The New Brunswick Clean City Block Captain program is coordinated by the Clean Communities Coordinator, Donna Caputo, to engage neighborhoods through community involvement.

In November of 2015, upon receiving New Brunswick’s first-ever Sustainable Jersey Certification, the Clean City Block Captain program received the Creativity and Innovation Award at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Sustainable Jersey Luncheon!

All residents are encouraged to become Clean City Block Captains. Block Captains are responsible for conducting mini clean-ups on their block throughout the year and they educate neighbors about the significance of keeping their block clean. This grass roots effort keeps litter off the streets and builds community bonds block by block.

The program started in 2010. The City provides Block Captains with bags, gloves, educational materials in both English and Spanish along with technical support from the City of New Brunswick to aid in the clean-up process. The Clean City Block Captain program meets twice a year and active Block Captains receive awards, like certificates and clean-up tools to aid in the clean-up process, and are acknowledged for their participation and dedication to the New Brunswick community.

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“New Brunswick Is In Your Hands Please Keep It Clean”

 

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Our friends from the Office of Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships at RU with Councilman John Anderson

 

(The above pictures were taken at the March 22, 2016 Block Captains Meeting, where awards were given to our dedicated Block Captains and community partners. We celebrated our hard working volunteers and remember in 2016 to Stop-Think-Go Green – Keep New Brunswick Clean!)

Block Captains also promote the City’s “Stop-Think-Go Green – Keep New Brunswick Clean” slogan which encourages people to use trash receptacles and recycle. Block Captains take it upon themselves to make a positive impact on the City. They do M.O.R.E.

Motivate others

Organize mini clean-ups

Recruit block captains and Report issues

Educate neighbors

Click Here to download the Clean City Block Application Form
Click Here to view the Stop Think Go Green Keep New Brunswick Clean Program Poster
Click Here to view the Stop Think Go Green Keep New Brunswick Clean Program Poster in Spanish