Urban Cleanup Week 2016 was a great success!
Nearly four tons of litter and refuse were removed from our City’s streets, waterways and open spaces in April 2016 as another successful Urban Cleanup Week came to an end.
Throughout the month of April, eight volunteer cleanups were conducted by the following groups: the Rutgers Office of Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships; Delta Upsilon; the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick; the Uptown Cleanup Crew; the New Brunswick Environmental Commission and Rutgers University Major Events and Programs. Students from four elementary schools also cleaned up more than a ton of litter during School Kids Sweep Up Day.
The American Medical Student Association of Rutgers University was also scheduled to perform a community cleanup but unfortunately had to cancel due to weather.
The New Brunswick DPW is the facilitator of Urban Cleanup Week. To assist our volunteers as they generously donate their time to these cleanups, the DPW provides trash bags and cleanup supplies and has staff on hand at each event to educate volunteers about the impact that litter has on our environment and make sure that they work safely. At the conclusion of each cleanup, the DPW collects all bags of refuse to ensure it is properly disposed of.
Thank you to all our volunteer groups for their time and effort spent to help beautify our community! To view a gallery of photos from all the cleanups, please click here.
Stop-Think-Go Green – Keep New Brunswick Clean!
In an effort to reduce litter, the City of New Brunswick has implemented a litter reduction educational program: Stop-Think-Go Green – Keep New Brunswick Clean! The litter reduction educational program supplements the placement of additional City litter receptacles, continued mechanical and hand street sweeping, continued Clean Communities volunteer clean-ups, School Kids Sweep Up Day, Urban Clean-up Week, inspections and the 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.
Block Captains take it upon themselves to make a positive impact on the City. They do M.O.R.E.
Organize mini clean-ups
Recruit block captains and Report issues
“New Brunswick Is In Your Hands Please Keep It Clean”
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!)
You may also contact the Division of Clean Communities at (732) 745-5245, email the Environmental Commission at NBEC@cityofnewbrunswick.org or fill out the application below and mail it to:
The City of New Brunswick
Division of Clean Communities
400 Jersey Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901