The state announced this week that Gloucester Township has been awarded $93,452.04 of a total of nearly $16 million distributed statewide through the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Clean Communities grant program.
“Cleaning up litter protects our natural resources, improves our quality of life and builds a strong sense of pride in our communities,” said DEP Commissioner Bob Martin. “With these grants, our municipalities and counties will be able to carry out important programs that remove litter and graffiti from our neighborhoods and highways, making our communities better places to live and work.”
A total of $781,793.32 was awarded to 35 Camden County municipalities.
The local grant money will be used to pay for Public Works Department employees dedicated to litter patrols, Gloucester Township Business Administrator Tom Cardis said on Tuesday.
DEP awarded a total of $13.86 million to 599 eligible municipalities and an additional $1.73 million to all 21 counties. Seven New Jersey towns are ineligible for the grant because they have fewer than 200 housing units.
The grant program's award amounts are based on the number of housing units and miles of municipally owned roadways within each municipality. Cherry Hill Township, which is Camden County's largest town, received the biggest award ($113,429.77). Camden was second, at $95,319.27, followed by Gloucester Township.