CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Borough and Chatham Township are statistically ranked among the top six municipalities in Morris County, helping the county achieve more than 50 percent recycling of solid waste and exceeding 60 percent in total recycling in the same year for the first time since 1998.

The statistics are provided by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, which released it numbers collected through 2015. Morris County is No. 3 in the state with a recycling rate of 51.2 percent and No. 2 in total recycling at 66.2 percent.

Chatham Borough is ranked as the No. 1 waste recycling municipality in Morris County with a recycling rate of 74.7 percent. Chatham Township is No. 6 in the county at 64.5 percent (see the Top 10 in Morris County below).

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"We are extremely pleased to have reached both of these goals in the same year for the first time since 1998," Freeholder Christine Myers, the county governing board's liaison to the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority, which handles much of the county's recycling.

"Thanks to our county residents, businesses, schools and other organizations for doing their part to contribute to our countywide recycling effort, which makes our county greener and reduces the cost of trash disposal for many of our 39 municipalities."

Morris County generated 292,195 tons of recyclables versus 278,522 tons of garbage. The total recycling rate includes bulky waste such as furniture and construction debris. Morris County recycled 776,771 tons of trash and debris compared to 396,642 tons of garbage.