Local Towns benefit from Morris County $1 Million in Recycling Grants

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Morris County’s 39 municipalities will receive nearly $1 million in state recycling grants from a pool of $14 million, announced the state Department of Environmental Protection late last month.

How our Local Towns Benefited:

  • JEFFERSON              $26,124
  • MOUNT ARLINGTON   $7,256
  • ROXBURY                  $46,012

 

The DEP Tonnage Grants reward municipal and county governments based on 2017 recycling numbers, according to Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe. The award money is earmarked to help implement and enhance local recycling efforts, which are more improvement since changes to contamination requirements and recycling markets have made recycling more challenging nation-wide.

The Morris County pool totaled $937,853. Parsippany received top honors with $179,993; followed by Florham Park with $50,634; Randolph $48,085; Montville $47,579; Roxbury $46,012 and Rockaway Township $45,613; Denville $42,283; and Mount Olive $38,958. (See below for the full list.)

The annual recycling tonnage grants are awarded through the state’s Recycling Enhancement Act, which authorizes a $3 per-ton surcharge on trash disposed at solid waste facilities. The fees are returned to the municipalities for use in improving local recycling.

DEP Grants Provide Seed Money to Enhance Recycling

“Recycling is an easy way for Morris County residents to make a positive impact on the environment every day,” said Freeholder John Krickus, liaison to Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority. “Recycling creates jobs and clean communities which enhances the quality of life in each of our 39 towns.”

When in doubt, throw it out

Knowledge is the key to successful recycling: Recycle only those materials acceptable to your town’s collection service. Contaminants such as plastic bags, dirty food containers and unmarked plastics cause problems at the processing facilities and lower the value of all of the recyclables, said Liz Sweedy, Morris Municipal Utilities Authority district recycling coordinator. For more information, visit the MUA website.

Below is a list of tonnage grants:

2019 Tonnage Grants
MunicipalityGrant Amount
BOONTON TOWN $17,353
BOONTON TWP $6,135
BUTLER $9,416
CHATHAM BORO $19,606
CHATHAM TWP $12,276
CHESTER BORO $4,574
CHESTER TWP $10,084
DENVILLE $42,283
DOVER $15,692
EAST HANOVER $31,826
FLORHAM PARK $50,634
HANOVER $28,670
HARDING $4,095
JEFFERSON $26,124
KINNELON $10,890
LINCOLN PARK $12,847
MADISON $25,673
MENDHAM BORO $5,741
MENDHAM TWP $7,498
MINE HILL $4,521
MONTVILLE $47,579
MORRIS TWP $24,830
MORRIS PLAINS $14,047
MORRISTOWN $32,870
MOUNTAIN LAKES $6,282
MOUNT ARLINGTON $7,256
MOUNT OLIVE $38,958
NETCONG $8,712
PARSIPPANY $179,993
LONG HILL $7,974
PEQUANNOCK $23,448
RANDOLPH $48,085
RIVERDALE $16,471
ROCKAWAY BORO $5,826
ROCKAWAY TWP $45,613
ROXBURY $46,012
VICTORY GARDENS $2,496
WASHINGTON $8,479
WHARTON $26,984

Each year, recipients use these grants to improve recycling rates through a variety of initiatives, including funding recycling coordinator positions, providing recycling receptacles and pickup in public places, upgrading recycling drop-off centers, conducting education and outreach, and implementing curbside recycling pickup programs.

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