Sustainable Jersey

Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs.  By supporting community efforts to reduce waste, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and improve environmental equity, Sustainable Jersey is empowering communities to build a better world for future generations.
Sustainable Jersey certification is a prestigious designation for municipal governments in New Jersey. Municipalities that achieve the certification are considered by their peers, by state government and by the experts and civic organizations in New Jersey, to be among the leading municipalities. The certification is a rigorous and meaningful designation. All actions taken by municipalities to score points toward certification must be accompanied by documentary evidence and is reviewed. The certification is free and completely voluntary.

There are two levels of certification, bronze and silver.  The requirements for each are listed below.  Bronze certification means a municipality has made a commitment to sustainability and succeeded in implementing the first significant steps. Silver certification means a municipality has made significant progress in a number of categories toward sustainability and is a state-wide and national leader.
Lincoln Park has achieved BRONZE CERTIFICATION.

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Refuse Collection in Lincoln Park – Natural Gas Trucks Only

The Borough of Lincoln Park has recently contracted with Suburban Disposal (Roselle) of Fairfield, NJ to collect refuse through July 30, 2022 using only trucks running on compressed Natural Gas (CNG).  Powered by Natural Gas instead of diesel fuel, the trucks will improve air quality in Lincoln Park, as well as reduce noise and the carbon footprint, enhancing sustainability.  The CNG trucks will be used in the same way as diesel trucks with no changes to the refuse collection services or the daily driving routes

Summary of Benefits: Natural Gas vs. Diesel Garbage Trucks



% Reduction with Natural Gas

Air Pollution

Particulate matter


Nitrogen oxides (NOx)


Non-methane hydrocarbons




50% (behind)
90% (inside)
98% (beside)

Water Pollution




Med Return Program:  

DEA-authorized collectors safely and securely collect and dispose of pharmaceutical controlled substances and other prescription drugs. In your community, authorized collection sites may be retail pharmacies, hospital or clinic pharmacies, and law enforcement locations.

Other Nationwide Programs: