The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and The Association of New Jersey Recyclers have announced the recipients of the state’s recycling leaders at their annual Recycling Symposium and Awards Luncheon.
“Recycling should be an integral part of everyone's life. As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the state's mandatory recycling law, recycling still remains one of the best ways for all of us to be actively engaged in protecting the environment and our natural resources,” DEP Commissioner Bob Martin says. “This year's award recipients are leaders who should serve as inspiration for all of us to recycle as much as possible at home and at work.”
- Recycling Industry–Atlantic Coast Fibers, Passaic, N.J., was recognized for its investment in new equipment to create a single-stream recycling facility capable of sorting 25 to 30 tons per hour of recyclables. Through the use of advanced automated equipment, the company can handle 30,000 to 40,000 tons per month of commingled containers and single-stream recyclables.
- Source Reduction/Resource Management–Sunny Delight Beverages Co.'s Dayton, N.J., plant achieved a zero-waste-to-landfill level. The company maximizes recycling by conducting waste audits, researching recycling facilities and following a recycling protocol that focuses first on reducing waste, then on reuse and finally maximizing recycling. Waste that can't be reused or recycled goes to cogeneration. The plant has increased recycling by 54 percent from 2007 to the present. The plant buys only recycled paper, and all its cardboard and bottle purchases have recycled content. The facility allows employees with limited curbside recycling to bring their recyclables to the site for inclusion in its recycling streams.
- Commissioner’s Award–Association of New Jersey Recyclers (ANJR), a nonprofit network that serves as the voice of the recycling industry in New Jersey, was recognized for its education, advocacy and promotion of professional standards. ANJR works with legislators and regulators and has consistently sponsored and offered a wide variety of educational programs and resources on such diverse topics as yard waste composting, source reduction, per container rates and food waste recycling. ANJR has served as an advocate for market development, promoting procurement of recycled products, identifying uses of nontraditional recyclable materials, identifying long-term funding for recycling education and programs and promoting electronics waste management.