New Jersey towns receive nearly $1M in recycling grants

New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection provides $14 million in state recycling grants to improve municipal programs.

January 21, 2020

Morris County’s 39 municipalities will receive nearly $1 million in state recycling grants from a pool of $14 million, announced recently by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

The DEP “tonnage grants” reward municipal and county governments based on 2017 recycling numbers (the latest available statistics), according to DEP Commissioner Catherine McCabe. Of the 23.4 million tons of solid waste generated by the state in 2017, 14.1 million tons were recycled. The grants, she says, are to be used to help implement and enhance local recycling efforts.

Each year, recipients use these grants to improve recycling efforts through a variety of initiatives, such as providing recycling receptacles in public places, upgrading recycling drop-off centers, conducting education and outreach, implementing curbside recycling pickup programs and funding recycling coordinator positions.

The Morris County grants totaled $937,853, according to a Morris County news release.

The annual recycling tonnage grants are awarded through the state’s Recycling Enhancement Act, which authorizes a surcharge of $3 per ton on waste disposed at solid waste facilities. The fees are returned to the municipalities for use in improving local recycling.

“Recycling is one easy way for Morris County residents to directly make a positive impact on our environment here in the county every day,” says John Krickus, who is liaison to Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MCMUA), which manages recycling for about half of the county. “Recycling creates jobs and clean communities, which enhance the quality of life in each of our 39 towns.”

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