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It's Time for Spring Cleaning  Consider Becoming a Block Captain!


Clean Communities Coordinator Donna Caputo (far left) and New Brunswick City Councilperson Kevin Egan presented certificates of appreciation to residents Mirsha Raviela (second from left) and Milagros Slee (far right) for their volunteer efforts to help spread New Brunswick’s “Stop. Think. Go Green.” message to local businesses in town. The awards were presented at the March 23, 2017 Clean City Block Captains meeting.

New volunteers are sought to help join New Brunswick’s team of Clean City Block Captains, an important program that works to keep New Brunswick’s streets clean and green!

These special volunteers are responsible for conducting small litter clean-ups on their block throughout the year. They also educate their neighbors about the significance of keeping neighborhoods clean. This grassroots effort, started in 2010, keeps litter off our streets and builds community bonds block-by-block.

The program is open to any and all residents that would like to take part. It comes at no cost to the participants, as the City of New Brunswick provides Block Captains with bags, gloves and educational materials in both English and Spanish along with technical support to aid in the clean-up process.

The Clean City Block Captain program holds special meetings twice a year where active Block Captains receive awards like certificates and clean-up tools and are acknowledged for their participation and dedication to the New Brunswick community.


(L-R) Clean Communities Coordinator Donna Caputo and New Brunswick City Councilperson Kevin Egan presented an Outstanding Achievement award to resident Rose Chodkiewicz, a longtime Block Captain and the program’s most active participant for 2016. In 2016. Ms. Chodkiewicz’s cleanups yielded 44 bags of litter removed from City streets.

The New Brunswick Clean City Block Captain program is coordinated by Clean Communities Coordinator Donna Caputo. An application to join is available at the link below:

Click Here to Download the Clean City Block Application Form

For more information on the program, please contact the New Brunswick DPW’s Division of Clean Communities at (732) 745-5254 or email NBEC@cityofnewbrunswick.org.

Are you looking for other ways to help make the City of New Brunswick clean and green? Urban Cleanup week begins on April 17 and has a whole week of special events scheduled to promote recycling, litter cleanup and environmentally-friendly behaviors.

More information on Urban Cleanup Week is available here.