The city has been awarded $222,858 by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to strengthen its recycling efforts.
In recent years there has been a concentrated effort in the city to recycle more: schools have been placing signs outside their buildings calling themselves recycling schools; public schools have been spending a great deal of effort in pushing drawing contests and other activities that teaches youngsters to recycle. And the city council with its Environmental Commission has been signing residents up for recycling-cans that further advance environmental goals.
The city, after Newark, received the largest grant award – Newark received $6,000 more. Money for the grant comes from surcharges paid by municipalities on waste. “The recycling grant program is funded by a $3 per ton surcharge on trash disposed of at solid waste facilities across the state,” according to the department. “Distribution of grants this year is based on the recycling successes local governments demonstrated in 2011.”
“As we celebrate America Recycles Day this month, it’s important that we recognize the importance of recycling for our environment and also for the economic benefits it can provide to our cities and towns,” said Bob Martin, commissioner of the department. “I am proud to see the commitment of some many of our state residents, and of our schools and businesses and local and county governments, to recycling in New Jersey.”