Community Cleanups

Update August 17, 2023

The Mini Grant program is now closed for new applications in 2023. This year the Hazlet Clean Communities program will distribute over $5,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations for community cleanups through October by the Hazlet Hammerheads, Hazlet Youth Athletic League, Hazlet United Soccer Association, Raritan HS Marching Band, Raritan HS athletic teams and the STARS Special Olympics Team, Thank you for helping make our hometown shine! Applications will be reopen in 2024. To get on the waiting list, please email the Program Coordinator. 

Community Service Hours are available for students. We are looking for a team to represent Hazlet at the Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweeps on Oct. 21, 2023. 

Earn up to $500 with a Mini Grant

Earn money for your nonprofit organization by cleaning up litter from public land at Hazlet Township. Open to nonprofit athletic leagues, school teams, volunteer organizations, Scout troops, etc. To receive payment, a group must be able to provide a W-9 tax document. We provide the supplies and support from start to finish. 

The first step is apply! Please fill out the interest form and the Clean Communities Coordinator will contact you to plan the date and location. Once approved, you will use the instructions and information posted to this page below.

The group organizer runs the Cleanup event with the support of Hazlet Dept. of Public Works (DPW) on the designated day. DPW will be present at the cleanup to distribute equipment, supplies and take away the trash. The group organizer's responsibilities are to watch the safety video and convey instructions to volunteers, collect waiver forms from every participant and document the collection of trash and recyclables in a Summary Report and photo.

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Post-Fireworks Clean Up

Thanks to the Raritan High School Marching Band and supporters for drumming up a small army to pick up litter the morning after our Fireworks celebration. The band earned a $500 Mini Grant to put towards the band's big trip in June, 2024. The RHS Marching Band, under the direction of Ray Lahaye, has the great honor of representing the United States in Normandy, France for the 80th Anniversary of the D-Day landings and they are fundraising to help pay for the trip. 

RHS Marching Band 7/3/2023

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Hazlet Hammerheads Clear the Way

On May 27, 2023 the Hazlet Hammerheads Swim Team came out of the pool to clean up Raritan High School campus ahead of graduation season. They did a great job! 

Sheriff's Office Inmate Program Cleans Up Natco Park

On Nov. 18, 2022, the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office Inmate Labor Program collected 23 bags of trash from Hazlet's Natco Park, bagging up bottle caps, plastic bags, takeout containers, beverage bottles and even an abandoned grill. Our DPW workers hauled it away, leaving this treasured natural space pristine. 
Not only did they clean all the trails, but also the shore of Natco Lake, allowing Hazlet to be included in the 2022 International Coastal Cleanup movement. 

Natco Park Cleanup 11/18/22

Inmates in orange jumpsuits bag garbage at Natco Park on Nov. 18, 2022.

Hazlet STARS

Thank you to the nonprofit Special Teens and Adults Recreation Supports (STARS) for holding a litter cleanup of Leocadia Court Park on October 23. More than 40 participated and left the park a better place. The event was organized through Hazlet Clean Communities

STARS Clean up Leocadia Park, 10/23/22

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Thank you to the Raritan High School students who volunteer for cleanups under the nonprofit Rocket Boosters organization! We have had cleanups by the Girls Tennis Team and Swim Team. 

Clean-up at Raritan High School 8-20-2022

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Myths and Facts

Myth #1 – Cigarette butts will breakdown and dissolve in the rain.   

Fact: Cigarette filters are 98% plastic and after many years will breakdown into microplastics. They are the most littered item on roads and beaches (estimated at more than 5 trillion filters a year) and are particularly harmful to aquatic ecosystems. When washed into storm drains, they end up in rivers, lakes and oceans and leach toxic chemicals which poison fish and other wildlife.   

Myth #2 – When released, balloons float up into the atmosphere and “disappear.”  

Fact: What goes up, must come down. Balloons are made of latex and take years to break down – again into microplastics. Like cigarettes, when released into the environment, balloons end up in waterways, oceans, and forests, where they harm wildlife, marine animals and pollute the environment. Mylar balloons can also cause power outages if tangled in power lines.  

-- Joann Gemenden,  Executive Director of New Jersey Clean Communities