Posted Wednesday, February 6th, 2019
Municipal Grants Based on 2016 Tonnage
Morris County’s 39 municipalities will receive a total of nearly $1 million in state recycling grants from a pool of $14.3 million in grants announced this month by the state Department of Environmental Protection, with the money to be used to help implement and enhance local recycling efforts.
The funds, based on 2016 recycling performance, are being awarded through the state’s Recycling Enhancement Act.
Topping the list of grant recipients in Morris County are Parsippany, $161,838; Rockaway Township, $56,621; Randolph, $52,992; Montville, $47,306; and Mount Olive $38,879. (See the chart below for all 39 towns)
“Recycling is a way of life for every Morris County resident, along with our businesses and schools, to make an impact on protecting the environment every day,” said Morris County Freeholder John Krickus , who is county governing board’s liaison on recycling issues.
“Each of us can have a significant impact on the environment simply by recycling every day,” said DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe. “Recycling helps keep our communities clean, generates revenue and jobs, and lessens the amount of trash going to landfills. These grants will help communities continue the important work of promoting the benefits of recycling and having a positive impact on New Jersey’s quality of life.”
The best way to recycle is to follow the guidelines advertised by your municipality and only recycle those materials which are acceptable. Unacceptable materials in the recycling stream cause problems and lower the value of all the materials, said Morris County Recycling Coordinator Liz Sweedy.
The Morris County MUA assists county municipalities to reach their recycling goals by offering a single stream curbside collection program; providing access to its recycling marketing agreement with ReCommunity, which operates a processing facility in Mine Hill; provides two regional vegetative waste facilities to process leaves, grass and brush; and conducts other recycling support programs and services.
Municipalities receiving grants of more than $100,000 for 2016 recycling efforts are:
Bergen County: Paramus, $130,864; South Hackensack, $197,287
Camden County: Cherry Hill, $103,329
Cumberland County: Vineland, $282,504
Essex County: East Orange, $106,334; Newark, $232,153
Gloucester County: Logan, $109,177
Hudson County: Jersey City, $423,248; Secaucus, $156,353
Mercer County: Hamilton, $150,719
Middlesex County: Edison, $269,329; Monroe, $181,542; South Brunswick, $190,633; Woodbridge, $147,187
Monmouth County: Marlboro, $119,531
Morris County: Parsippany-Troy Hills, $161,838
Ocean County: Brick, $153,319; Lakewood, $140,559; Toms River, $183,933
Passaic County: Clifton, $127,487; Passaic City, $109,211; Paterson, $236,050; Wayne, $111,287
Somerset County: Bridgewater, $116,802
The Burlington County Occupational Training Center received $185,637, and the Atlantic County Utilities Authority received $144,928 for their recycling efforts.
The following chart shows the grant to be received by each of Morris County’s 39 municipalities:
The recycling tonnage grants are funded through a $3 per-ton surcharge on trash disposed at solid waste facilities statewide. The DEP allocates that money back to municipalities based on how much recycling each community reports accomplishing during a particular calendar year. Grants are based on materials collected and recycled in a municipality or county.
The grants are to be used to further improve a community’s recycling rate either by funding a recycling coordinator position, sponsoring household hazardous waste collection events, providing recycling receptacles and pickup in public places, maintaining leaf composting operations, doing educational outreach about the importance of recycling, or implementing curbside recycling pickup programs.
For a complete list of recycling tonnage grants statewide by municipality, visit www.nj.gov/dep/dshw/recycling/stat_links/2016payout.pdf
To learn more about recycling in New Jersey, visit www.nj.gov/dep/dshw/recycling/.