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October 16, 2003

Contact: Elaine Makatura
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DEP DEPUTY COMMISSIONER PRESENTS RECYCLING AWARDS AT ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM

(03/149) Monroe Township - New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Deputy Commissioner Joanna Dunn Samson recognized 15 residents, companies and government agencies for helping to increase recycling of solid waste during the past year.

At the 23rd annual New Jersey Recycling Symposium and Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, Deputy Commissioner Samson presented awards for a variety of outstanding recycling programs. Twelve students also received awards as part of DEP's second annual recycling poetry contest, which drew more than 300 entries from 118 schools.

"We commend individuals, businesses and government agencies at all levels for their commitment to recycle," said Deputy Commissioner Samson. "Educating our children about the importance of recycling ensures future environmental benefits. Developing good recycling habits is good for the environment and also generates economic opportunities for everyone."

The department is currently finalizing a statewide plan to increase recycling in New Jersey. It will require counties to develop and submit for approval enhanced recycling plans.

DEP co-sponsors the recycling symposium and awards luncheon with the Association of New Jersey Recyclers and the New Jersey Recycling Forum.

The 2003 award recipients are listed below:

AWARD CATEGORY RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
AWARD RECIPIENT: PSEG
PSEG recycled more than 90 percent of all non-hazardous solid waste and purchased over $3 million worth of products containing recycled material. They recycled over 20,000 pounds of used fluorescent and high-intensity discharge lamps.

AWARD CATEGORY: MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING
AWARD RECIPIENT: Acacia Lumberton Manor, Inc.
Acacia Lumberton Manor has been recycling since the mid-1980s and recycles approximately 47 tons annually. The 181 residents prevent contamination of the recycling area by neatly stacking bundles of paper and cardboard. Bottles and cans are collected in bins.

AWARD CATEGORY: MUNICIPAL NEWSLETTER/BROCHURE
AWARD RECIPIENT: Borough of Sayreville
Sayreville's annual brochure contains valuable information regarding county and municipal recycling programs. The layout, graphics and color-scheme are clear and user-friendly. The town uses senior citizen volunteers to help distribute the brochure.

AWARD CATEGORY: MUNICIPAL PROGRAM
AWARD RECIPIENT: Village of Ridgewood
Ridgewood recycles 15 items and has almost doubled its recycling tonnage over the past 12 years. It provides recycling service for residential units, schools, churches and municipal facilities, and collects corrugated cardboard and commingled containers in the business district. It also provides a comprehensive outreach program to its residents.

AWARD CATEGORY: MUNICIPAL COORDINATOR
AWARD WINNER: MaryEllen Lyons, Borough of Hawthorne
Under Ms. Lyons' guidance, Hawthorne has expanded its curbside program to include electronics and metal and achieved a recycling rate of 63 percent in 2001. Ms. Lyons oversees operations at the town's recycling center and established new programs to support source reduction and the purchase of recycled products.

AWARD CATEGORY: COUNTY COORDINATOR
AWARD WINNER: Dennis DeMatte, Cumberland County
Mr. DeMatte's many successes include his partnership with the NJ Department of Agriculture to implement the first pesticide container and nursery pot recycling program. His management of a $300,000 Community Environmental Enhancement Grant Program assists local community groups in preserving and improving the environment.

AWARD CATEGORY: OUTREACH/MEDIA
AWARD WINNER: Atlantic County Utilities Authority
The Authority's own line of environmental products is used to educate the public about the importance of buying recycled. The public is encouraged to use all facilities within its environmental park, especially on Earth Day, when the festivities draw over 3500 people to the park. It has also developed and distributed a 12-page quarterly newsletter.

AWARD CATEGORY: SOURCE REDUCTION
AWARD WINNER: Verizon
In 2002, Verizon's New Jersey locations achieved an overall recycling rate of 80.4 percent. Their most important recycling and waste reduction initiative was to determine, by trial, which businesses prefer to receive the Yellow Pages on a CD-ROM and make it available to them.

AWARD CATEGORY: SOURCE REDUCTION
AWARD WINNER: Mannington Mills
Instead of using raw materials and spending money on virgin product, Mannington Mills developed a process that enables them to use the scrap from processing sheet-flooring product to make a new product. They are also designing an on-site material recovery center to recycle waste from other post-consumer sources into their products.

AWARD CATEGORY: STUDENT/TEACHER
AWARD WINNER: Cub Scouts of Den 9, Pack 224
Last year, this group hosted a recycling event in their town to coincide with America Recycles Day. They made and distributed posters and fliers and contacted media outlets. On the day of the event they assisted at the recycling center.

AWARD CATEGORY: STUDENT/TEACHER
AWARD WINNER: Second Grade Teachers of Middle Township, Elementary One
Classroom recycling lessons and supplemental activities were developed through a collaborative effort among the second grade teachers at Elementary One and the county recycling coordinator. The lessons and activities were so effective that teachers and administrators designated Recycling Week as part of the curriculum at the elementary school.

AWARD CATEGORY: COMMISSIONER'S AWARD
AWARD WINNER: Joseph Matteo
Mr. Matteo's commitment to the use of scrap tire chips in civil engineering applications has been instrumental in advancing this new end market. His experience helped pave the way for the use of scrap tire chips in landfill construction applications and in septic tank leachate fields.

AWARD CATEGORY: COMMISSIONER'S AWARD
AWARD WINNER: Drs. Thomas Nosker, Jennifer Lynch and Richard Renfree
Drs. Nosker, Lynch and Renfree provided an early analysis of the components of curbside recycling in New Jersey and developed the first forms of composite lumber using the types of resins found in our household recycling bins. They developed performance-based standards to evaluate the recyclability of the lumber, and their work is now leading to the identification of other innovative uses. Their work has led to the first-time use of a composite material in structural I-beams. The first structure built entirely out of this composite material recently opened as a bridge in Wharton State Forest.

 

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