Inmates Will Help Keep NJ Highways Clean

TRENTON – Efforts to reduce litter along New Jersey highways will get a boost in the coming weeks from the New Jersey Department of Corrections, state Department of Transportation Commissioner James Simpson announced Monday.

Under an agreement that duplicates last year’s successful inter-agency cooperative effort, the Department of Corrections will provide 100 inmates to pick up litter along highways throughout New Jersey. Each detail of ten inmates will be supervised by a corrections officer. DOC inmates began picking up litter Monday and will continue for at least ten weeks.

“The Christie Administration is working hard to attract and retain businesses and jobs, and our Clean Up NJ initiative advances that effort and benefits the environment by creating attractive and well-maintained travel routes for residents and visitors alike,” said Simpson.

“We are pleased to play a part in an effort that cleans up the environment and promotes economic growth while creating an opportunity for DOC inmates to benefit New Jersey communities and businesses,” said NJDOC Commissioner Gary M. Lanigan.

Last year, 100 DOC inmates working for 20 weeks picked up about 370,000 pounds of litter and debris along highways.

A total of 7.5 million pounds of litter and debris was collected from NJDOT-maintained roadways in FY 2011, including the amounts collected by nearly 500 NJDOT workers.

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