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Posted Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

DEP Accepting Nominations Through July 26 to Honor Those with Extraordinary Commitment to Recycling

Nominations are being accepted in 10 categories for an annual recognition program to celebrate individuals, businesses and governments for excellence in recycling, and inspiring others to the same commitment.Morris Residents, Schools, Businesses Encouraged to Enter State DEP Recycling Excellence Contest

The state Department of Environmental Protection, in conjunction with the Association of New Jersey Recyclers, annually recognizes excellence in recycling in order to highlight program successes achieved by agencies, businesses, individuals and others who help keep New Jersey communities clean and healthy.

“We encourage our Morris County community to participate in this event, to help call attention to the outstanding work being done in the recycling field by so many of our residents and communities,” said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana.

“While the worldwide recycling community currently faces significant recycling market challenges, there are still plenty of great things happening in recycling and waste reduction in New Jersey,” said DEP Commissioner Catherine McCabe. “This awards program recognizes those achievements, and helps showcase why New Jersey is a national leader in recycling.”

Applications may be submitted in these categories: Institution, Business, Retail Merchant, Government, Leadership, Rising Star, Recycling Industry, Outstanding Educator/Educational Program, Volunteer Citizen and Source Reduction/Resource Management/Sustainability.

Nominations are due Friday, July 26 and awardees will be notified in September. Award winners will be honored at the Association of New Jersey Recyclers Symposium and Awards Luncheon on Oct. 10, 2019 in Neptune, Monmouth County.

New Jersey was the first state to require recycling by passing the New Jersey Statewide Mandatory Source Separation and Recycling Act in April 1987. Today, the state continues developing policies to further increase recycling rates, clean up the recycling stream, and to adapt recycling strategies to match current lifestyles.

To view the 2019 Recycling Awards application and information packet, visit or

To learn more about the Recycling Awards Program, email Steven Rinaldi at [email protected] or call him at (609) 633-0538.

The Association of New Jersey Recyclers is a non-profit, non-partisan network representing the public and private sectors that works to promote sustainability by encouraging sound resource management and recycling strategies through education, advocacy and enhancing professional standards. To learn more about the organization, visit

To learn more about recycling in Morris County, visit