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Become a Block Captain


(L-R) Caryn Washington of the Rutgers University Office of Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships accepted a Certificate of Appreciation from Councilperson Kevin Egan and Clean Communities Coordinator Donna Caputo.

Become part of the solution to Keep New Brunswick clean by becoming the Clean City Block Captain on your street!

All residents are encouraged to become Block Captains. These special volunteers are responsible for conducting mini clean-ups on their block throughout the year and educating neighbors about the significance of keeping their block clean. This grassroots effort, started in 2010, keeps litter off our streets and builds community bonds block by block.

The City of New Brunswick provides Block Captains with bags, gloves, educational materials in both English and Spanish along with technical support to aid in the clean-up process. The Clean City Block Captain program meets twice a year and active Block Captains receive awards, like certificates and clean-up tools and are acknowledged for their participation and dedication to the New Brunswick community.

The New Brunswick Clean City Block Captain program is coordinated by Clean Communities Coordinator Donna Caputo and is always looking for new volunteers to join the team. 

Click Here to Download the Clean City Block Application Form


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.

Block Captains take it upon themselves to make a positive impact on the City. They do M.O.R.E.

Motivate others
Organize mini clean-ups
Recruit block captains and Report issues
Educate neighbors


(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.

To sign up for the Block Captain program, residents may fill out the application above and email it to the New Brunswick Environmental Commission at NBEC@cityofnewbrunswick.org or mail it to:

The City of New Brunswick
Division of Clean Communities
400 Jersey Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Residents may also call the Division of Clean Communities at (732) 745-5245 for more information.


On March 22, 2016 Block Captains meeting, awards were given to our dedicated Block Captains and community partners, including our friends from the Office of Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships at RU with Councilman John Anderson.

In November of 2015, upon receiving New Brunswick’s first-ever Sustainable Jersey Certification, the Clean City Block Captain program also received the Creativity and Innovation Award at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Sustainable Jersey Luncheon!


(L-R) Briana Suffy, Management Specialist for the City of New Brunswick and Donna Caputo, Clean Communities Coordinator for the City of New Brunswick, are pictured at the NJ League of Municipalities Conference in November 2015, where the City was recognized for its Block Captain program.