Nearly 112,000 pounds of Garbage and Recycling Collected as Part of Citywide Celebration of Earth Day 

Jersey City, New Jersey, Mayor Steven M. Fulop and the Department of Public Works, the Office of Cultural Affairs and the Resident Response Center, in conjunction with Keep Jersey City Beautiful, hosted the fourth annual Great Jersey City Cleanup on Saturday, April 13. The annual initiative spans the city with residents, elected officials, community leaders, and civic organizations rolled up their sleeves to help beautify neighborhoods planting flowers and picking up litter and debris across all Wards of Jersey City.

“We continue to move forward on initiatives that create a cleaner city – one that provides a better quality of life for all of our residents,” said Mayor Fulop. “There is nothing better than community members coming together to be engaged and actively improve their neighborhoods. I was excited to pitch in and work alongside thousands of volunteers again this year to keep our City beautiful.”  

Since the start of the Great Jersey City Cleanup initiative, nearly 3,000 volunteers have helped to clean a total of 72,000 pounds of garbage and 40,000 pounds of recyclables in the first three years. Volunteers participated in eight locations: Audubon Park, Lincoln Park, Journal Square Plaza, Pershing Field, Leonard Gordon Park, Riverview Park, Hamilton Park and Arlington Park.

“This year, we did even more outreach and doubled the number of volunteers who helped in the cleanup efforts,” said John Lynch, who led the 2019 Great JC Cleanup.

“The Great JC Clean Up is just that – a great event that promotes awareness and encourages people of the community to take further action each and every day.” 

Under the Keep America Beautiful umbrella, Jersey City has spearheaded several ongoing beautification initiatives including the city’s Stop the Drop Anti-Litter Program and the Mural Arts Program.