Explore the history of litter in New Jersey and learn about all the exciting programs New Jersey Clean Communities offers for teachers and students to help preserve our parks, lakes, beaches, and cities. New Jersey Clean Communities is a statewide, comprehensive, litter-abatement program created by the passage of the Clean Communities Act in 1986. The Act provides a funding source for the program and guidelines for the use of funds. Municipalities and counties receive Clean Communities grants in the form of state-aid each year. Funding is also allocated to the state parks service and the Clean Communities Council. Our mission is to reduce litter on public places, promote the volunteer cleanup of public lands and sustain a reduction in litter through education.