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October 3, 2006


Contact: Elaine Makatura (609) 292-2994
Karen Hershey (609) 984-1795



(06/52) TRENTON -- Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson today announced $4.5 million in grants to counties and municipalities to support local recycling programs.

"With New Jersey generating more than 20 million tons of solid waste every year, we need to do all we can to boost recycling rates," said DEP Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson. "This funding will support local recycling programs and help reduce the amount of waste going to landfills and other facilities."

The recycling grant awards are performance-based, requiring specific documentation of total material recycled during calendar year 2004, the latest annual statistics available for the state. In 2004, New Jersey generated 21.7 million tons of solid waste, which includes not only glass, cans, plastic and newspapers from municipal waste, but also scrap iron, concrete, wood and other items from commercial waste. Of that total, 12 million tons or 55 percent was recycled with 9.7 million tons sent for disposal.

The Solid Waste Management Act provides the framework for the collection, transportation and disposal of solid waste in New Jersey. New Jersey is required to create and implement a Solid Waste Management Plan, which outlines the steps necessary to foster recycling at the state, county and local government levels. Currently, the municipal solid waste recycling rate is 34 percent. In January 2006, DEP revised the Plan to require counties to update their plans to identify strategies and enforcement measures that will increase recycling rates.

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

The Clean Communities and Recycling Grant Act enacted in December 2002 provides funding for municipal and county recycling efforts. In addition to the recycling grant money, the Act provides financial assistance to towns and counties through the Clean Communities anti-litter program.

To view the list of grant recipients, visit DEP's web site at



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