Awareness of litter and its effects in our neighborhoods and public lands is essential. The CCIA is committed to reducing litter, especially through education. The staff is available for classroom or meeting presentations and providing promotional materials. Reading books such as “The Lorax” to students is a fun way to relay the message about individual responsibility for the environment. Free entertainment programs are available to schools and organizations mixing learning with laughter for all ages.
Each May, the CCIA sponsors the Eco-Fair at WheatonArts. The free community day showcases handmade items from New Jersey artists, locally grown native plants, herbs and vegetables, wellness information, environmental organizations, rain barrel workshops, book signings and lectures. Partnering with WheatonArts, the Master Gardeners, Rutgers University and other groups, this day is educational and fun.
Clean Streets Program
Gateway Community Action Partnership is the lead agency for the Cumberland County Housing First Program funded through the NJ Department of Community Affairs. Working with the Housing First partners, the Clean Streets Program was not far behind for the CCIA. NJ Clean Communities provides funding for such opportunities as this collaboration. The expertise of those involved assures the volunteers are a great compliment to the CCIA staff.
As part of the Clean Streets program, volunteers receive Walmart gift cards each week they participate. Work schedules are arranged to accommodate the LAX transit schedules, a free service provided by Cumberland County. The CCIA provides the necessary gear to outfit the volunteers. Mandatory safety equipment and training is also provided
Litter Doesn’t Glitter
Illegal dumpings continue to plague Cumberland County’s roads and wooded areas. Tires, mattresses, TVs, trash, construction debris are not only illegal, they are unsightly and harm the environment. CCIA staff daily clean problem areas in the county that are favorite dumping grounds. Do your part and report illegal dumpings to 856-455-8855.
Municipal and State Programs
The New Jersey Adopt-A-Highway Program is a statewide program created by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and the New Jersey Clean Communities Council to clean and maintain state highways. The staff at the NJCCC are ready to get you started in this major roadway program or give you more details on adopting a waterway. Visit their website at www.njclean.org.
Many Cumberland County municipalities administer programs to adopt municipal roadways as well as beaches and parks. Check with your local Clean Communities Coordinator to learn more about participating where you live, work or play.