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November 18, 2004

Contact: Fred Mumford
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(04/135) ATLANTIC CITY - Standing outside a Cumberland Farms store with newly installed recycling containers, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell today joined with state and county recycling representatives to recognize the company's efforts to increase bottle and can collection at its stores across New Jersey.

"Cumberland Farms is setting an example by making it convenient to recycle at its stores," said Commissioner Campbell. "As people consume more beverages outside the home, we need to provide an opportunity to recycle at these locations."

Cumberland Farms responded in July to a DEP request asking that convenience stores evaluate their compliance with the state's Recycling Act. The company in turn ordered collection containers for its stores and contracted for the collection of recyclables. The company also is looking to begin similar programs in other states.

DEP's effort to prompt convenience stores to addresses collection of single-serve beverage containers focuses on recycling more glass, plastic and aluminum from patrons. Collection bins placed near existing garbage cans will increase the opportunity for residents to recycle at these retail stores.

"Cumberland Farms is honored to be recognized for our recycling efforts in New Jersey," said John Babbitts, regional general manager for the company. "The new bins are an added convenience and service to our customers already inclined to recycle. But beyond that, those who'd never considered the consequences of tossing a soda bottle into the trash now think twice, and make the smart choice to recycle."

Cumberland Farms operates 45 outlets in New Jersey that include retail stores and gas stations with ice cream and grocery distribution operations.

The Atlantic County Utilities Authority recently implemented an "All Plastic Bottles" campaign to achieve a higher recycling rate for plastics. DEP presented the authority its annual county recycling program award in October. This year, residential recycling is up 1.2 percent and commercial recycling is up 9.8 percent in Atlantic County.

In each of the past two years, DEP provided more than $3 million in grants to help municipal and county recycling programs recover more materials for reuse. The new funding is one step in New Jersey's efforts to increase recycling rates.

DEP also revived the Clean Communities anti-litter program that provided $9.8 million in grants to towns and counties this year. Clean communities funds can be used to purchase or rent equipment and receptacles, as well as to provide trash bags, gloves and other protective clothing to encourage towns and volunteers to clean up and recycle solid waste in their localities.

In 2002, New Jersey generated 19.3 million tons of solid waste and recycled 10.3 million tons, or 53 percent of the total amount. This amount includes not only glass, cans, plastic and newspapers from municipal waste, but also scrap iron, concrete, wood and other items from commercial waste.

The remaining 9 million tons of solid waste generated but not recycled in 2002 was disposed of in the following manner: 1.5 million tons, or 8 percent, incinerated in state; 3.8 million, or 20 percent, landfilled in New Jersey; and, 3.7 million, or 19 percent, landfilled out of state.

New Jersey's recycling industry employs more than 27,000 people in New Jersey with total receipts valued at $5.9 billion annually.



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