"Recycling remains one of our top priorities," DEP Commissioner Bob Martin said. "We are quickly approaching the 25th anniversary of the Mandatory Source Separation and Recycling Act, the landmark law that made New Jersey the first state to require recycling.
"We are working hard to find ways to improve recycling rates and re-energize recycling efforts across all sectors of our state,” Martin added. “These Recycling Enhancement Act grants are an important part of this effort."
County agencies can use the aid for a variety of activities, including public education, purchases of recycling containers, e-waste collection and education programs, household hazardous waste and scrap tire collection programs, inspections, and mini-grants to cities and towns.
Some of the counties must still file work plans and budgets to receive final DEP approval for grant awards. Here is the amount of money each county will receive:
Atlantic Utilities Authority, $210,100; Bergen Utilities Authority, $551,100; Burlington Department of Solid Waste, $298,100; Camden Division of Environmental Affairs, $325,600; Cape May Municipal Utilities Authority, $110,000; Cumberland Improvement Authority, $110,000; Essex Utilities Authority, $430,100; Gloucester Improvement Authority, $166,100.
Hudson Improvement Authority, $336,600; Hunterdon Utilities Authority, $11,100; Mercer Improvement Authority, $210,100; Middlesex Division of Solid Waste Management, $485,100; Monmouth Planning Board, $386,100; Morris Municipal Utilities Authority, $259,600; Ocean Department of Solid Waste Management, $347,600.
Passaic Recycling and Natural Resource Programs, $336,600; Salem Improvement Authority, $110,000; Somerset Solid Waste Management, $199,100; Sussex Municipal Utilities Authority, $110,000; Union Department of Engineering, Public Works and Facilities, $298,100, and the Warren Planning Department, $110,000.
—TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM