Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority will use the occasion of its Annual Recycling Awards Dinner on Friday, Nov. 6 to honor 19 individuals, businesses, schools, and a Girl Scout troop for their recycling efforts.

Each of the 19 award winners has made significant contributions toward the success of waste prevention, reuse, recycling and litter abatement across the county, including the purchase and use of items containing recycled material, said Penny Jones, MCMUA recycling education specialist.

Awards will be presented to Deborah D’Urso, principal of the Academy Street School in Dover; Cedar Crest, a retirement community in Pompton Plains; Josh, Scott and Lindsey Bissinger of Morris Township; Adam Brewer, Montville recycling coordinator; Hanover Township Girl Scout Cadette Troop 1919; Homeless Solutions, Inc., of Morristown; the Rockaway River Watershed Cabinet; the “green” committee at Torey J. Sabatini School in Madison; Nayna Shah of Morris Plains, and GE-Aviation Systems in Whippany.

The MCMUA will also honor seven individuals who retired from their municipal recycling positions or have moved on to other jobs within the past five years. They are Barbara Bate, who was employed by Chatham Borough; Hal Bermingham, who was employed by Morris Plains; Joe Giordano, who was employed by Morris Township; Jasmine Lim, who was employed by Montville; Joe Lowell, who was employed by Denville; Penny Newell, who was employed by Mendham Township, and Gino Recksiek, who was employed by Jefferson.

“Recycling’s a Roller Coaster,” reflecting the highs and lows of recycling, is the theme of this year’s dinner at the Hanover Manor, 16 Eagle Rock Ave., in East Hanover.

“Recycling is market-driven, and the markets are subject to the ups and downs of the economy,” Jones said. “Interest in recycling is also akin to a roller coaster. Sometimes it’s on the upswing and sometimes on the downswing. At the moment, because of all of the attention on climate change and taking care of planet Earth, I’m happy to say interest in recycling is pretty high.”

Tickets for the dinner, which begins with a cash bar cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m., are $38 per person. Tickets or more information may be obtained by calling the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority at 973-285-8395.