NJDEP Commissioner Catherine McCabe, the Office and Environmental Justice, and CCI jointly held a listening session in Trenton on October 29, 2019. Residents identified illegal dumping and blighted properties as their greatest environmental challenges; the Amtico site, a 3.5-acre illegal dump site, was one specific issue voiced. CCI quickly mobilized and met with local stakeholders (East Trenton Collaborative, Isles, City officials, Trenton Police Department, Mercer County Prosecutors Office) and NJDEP Compliance & Enforcement Program to strategize and implement an illegal dumping cleanup and deterrence project at Amtico. In February and March 2020, NJDEP Office of Brownfield and Community Revitalization and NJDEP Compliance & Enforcement Program teamed up with United by Blue, City officials, volunteers, and residents to clean up the mountains of debris. NJDEP Commissioner McCabe, Trenton Mayor Gusciora, East Trenton Collaborative, Isles, and residents held a press conference on February 27, 2020 to highlight the cleanup and prosecution efforts, which ultimately resulted in 527 tons of debris removed from the property and 1,240 tires recycled. CCI is working closely with stakeholders to finish the environmental investigation and cleanup work at the site.
Freedom NJ, an urban skateboarding non-profit, is helping to design and develop the property into a much-needed urban recreation park that will include a skatepark, bike polo, and urban environmental education amenities. Cleaning up the Amtico site transformed the East Trenton neighborhood from one of blight to one of hope.