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October 25, 2005

Contact: Fred Mumford
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DEP AWARDS $3.4 MILLION TO SUPPORT LOCAL RECYCLING PROGRAMS

Recycling Awards Presented to Businesses, Government and Individuals

(05/123) TRENTON -- To boost recycling rates, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell today announced the award of $3.4 million in municipal and county grants to support local recycling programs. Commissioner Campbell also announced the recipients of eight recycling awards for their successful efforts to increase recycling in the state during the past year at the 25th Annual New Jersey Recycling Symposium and Awards Luncheon held last week in Monroe Township.

"Recycling programs in our towns and counties form the cornerstone of New Jersey's recycling efforts," said Acting Governor Richard J. Codey. "This funding will help local programs to hopefully make New Jersey a leader again in recycling."

Twelve New Jersey students received poetry awards as part of DEP's recycling poetry contest, also announced at the luncheon. DEP co-sponsors the event each year with the Association of New Jersey Recyclers and the New Jersey Recycling Forum.

"Recycling is an important part of our everyday lives," said Commissioner Campbell. "The recycling award winners have demonstrated innovative leadership in reducing the amount of solid and hazardous waste going to landfills and other facilities."

Since March 2005, DEP has held 20 public meetings and forums with local officials and residents to discuss how we can increase recycling rates in New Jersey. DEP plans to adopt a new statewide solid waste management plan later this year, the first update to the plan since 1993, which focuses on increased recycling.

New Jersey is looking at specific measures to manage the state's 20 million tons of waste generated each year with waste reduction and recycling as the priority. In order to meet the state's goal of recycling 50 percent of the municipal solid waste stream, an additional 1.7 million tons of material must be recycled based on current statewide rates. Currently, the municipal solid waste recycling rate is 32 percent.

The recycling grant awards are performance-based, requiring specific documentation of total material recycled during calendar year 2003, the latest annual statistics available for the state. In 2003, New Jersey generated 19.9 million tons of solid waste, which includes construction debris and scrap iron. Of that total, 10.4 million tons or 52 percent was recycled with 9.5 million tons sent for disposal. Of the 9.5 million tons disposed, 1.5 million or 8 percent of the total waste generated went to resource recovery facilities, 3.8 million or 20 percent was disposed at landfills located in New Jersey and 3.7 million or 19 percent was sent for out-of-state disposal.

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

The 2005 award recipients are listed below with additional information, poetry contest winners and individual town recycling grant amounts available on DEP's Web site with links shown below:

AWARD CATEGORY: LARGE BUSINESS
AWARD RECIPIENT: Panasonic

AWARD CATEGORY: MUNICIPAL COORDINATOR
AWARD RECIPIENT: Nancy Mason, Belvidere

AWARD CATEGORY: OUTREACH/MEDIA
AWARD RECIPIENT: Middlesex County Improvement Authority

AWARD CATEGORY: OUTREACH/MEDIA
AWARD RECIPIENT: Monmouth County Planning Board

AWARD CATEGORY: RECYCLING INDUSTRY
AWARD RECIPIENT: Ocean County Materials Processing Facility

AWARD CATEGORY: SMALL BUSINESS
AWARD RECIPIENT: Basil Bandwagon Natural Market

AWARD CATEGORY: COMMISSIONER'S AWARD
AWARD RECIPIENT: Cumberland Farms

AWARD CATEGORY: COMMISSIONER'S AWARD
AWARD RECIPIENT: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Links to awards and grants:

  1. 2005 Recycling Award Recipients and Program Descriptions [PDF 55 Kb]
    http://www.nj.gov/dep/dshw/recycle/05_recyawrd.pdf
  2. 2005 Recycling Poetry Contest Winners [PDF 42 Kb]
    http://www.nj.gov/dep/dshw/recycle/05_poetawrd.pdf
  3. Recycling Tonnage Grants [PDF 60 Kb]
    http://www.nj.gov/dep/dshw/recycle/03_tongrnt.pdf
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