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:
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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