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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2006

Contact: Darlene Yuhas (609) 984-1795
Elaine Makatura (609) 292-2994

DEP ANNOUNCES CLEAN COMMUNITIES GRANTS FOR 2006

(06/24) TRENTON -- Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson today announced 559 New Jersey municipalities and 21 counties will receive more than $9.5 million in Clean Communities funding for litter prevention and public education, adopt-a-highway campaigns and graffiti cleanups.

The grants to municipalities and counties are made possible by the Clean Communities legislation, enacted in 2002. The law imposes a fee on companies manufacturing products that generate litter.

"Cleaning up litter not only protects the quality of natural resources, it improves the quality of life in New Jersey and strengthens residents' pride in their neighborhoods," Commissioner Jackson said.

Municipalities will receive $8,460,000, and counties will receive $1,057,500. Recipients can use the funds on projects and equipment that would advance litter prevention, public education or both. The Clean Communities funding distribution is based on an established formula that includes housing units and road-mileage numbers. The housing-unit numbers used for the 2006 allocations are based on the official 2000 figures of the U.S. Bureau of the Census, and the road-mileage numbers were provided by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Municipalities and counties are automatically eligible for funding, if they meet the Clean Communities program's criteria. Seven municipalities did not receive funding because they either were not eligible or did not participate.

Following is a link to the list of the 2006 Clean Communities grants: www.nj.gov/dep/esp/. For more information on grant criteria and statistical reporting forms, visit the Clean Communities Council Inc. Web site at www.njclean.org.

 

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