NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Hub City is receiving $107,711 in state funding to promote recycling, according to a press release from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJ-DEP).
It’s all part of New Jersey’s $14.3 million in recycling grants being given to towns across the state, as announced on January 5.
The NJ-DEP gives the grants to local municipalities based on past performance when it comes to recycling.
The grant program is funded with a $3 per-ton surcharge on trash disposed at solid waste facilities across the state. In turn the total amount of funds which are distributed to municipal and county authorities will be based on the total weight of materials collected and recycled.
“New Jersey set the standard by becoming the first state to require recycling, and continues to show that the recycling culture is part of our daily lives at home, work, school, and at many institutions across the state,” said Mark Pedersen, Assistant Commissioner for Site Remediation and Waste Management.
How often do you recycle in your community? Did you know that each day the average American produces 4.6 pounds of trash, resulting in 251 million tons of trash being generated each year in the United States alone?
As the saying goes, the greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because you can only do a little.
With the money that has been provided by the state of New Jersey, local governments will have the opportunity to improve recycling efforts.
According to the NJ-DEP, the funding can be used to enhance programs or initiatives such as tire collection days, leaf composting operations or advertising campaigns promoting recycling.
New Brunswick was one of 6 towns in Middlesex County to receive grant funding under the program. The others include:
- Woodbridge, $208,520
- South Brunswick, $175,783
- Edison , $142,127
- Monroe, $136,349.
- East Brunswick, $103,535
The NJ-DEP has a website with information about recycling for state residents.
Charlie is the founder and editor of New Brunswick Today, and the winner of the Awbrey Award for Community-Oriented Local Journalism. He is a proud Rutgers University journalism graduate, a community organizer, and a former independent candidate for mayor of New Brunswick.