Union County, NJ –  Clark is one of 15 towns in Union County to receive a grant to be used for enhancements to recycling programs according to a press release from Union County.   The program will distribute a total of $134,600 in Recycling Enhancement Grants around the county.

According to the release, the grant program, aims to improve local recycling rates and is administered by Union County with funding from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

“Union County is proud to partner with our municipal governments to conserve resources and protect the environment, by providing the equipment and infrastructure that helps our residents send more waste into the recycling stream,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados.

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To receive a Recycling Enhancement Grant, towns were required to submit detailed plans that fit specific requirements for promoting recycling and protecting the environment.  The projects that received funding include infrastructure improvements to public recycling centers, and new recycling bins or storage containers for schools, parks, train stations and other public facilities.

The municipalities that received funding from the 2018 Recycling Enhancement Grant program are:

Berkeley Heights: $7,200

Clark - $10,000

Cranford - $7,500

Elizabeth - $10,000

Hillside - $7,600

Kenilworth - $9,000

Linden - $9,500

New Providence - $10,000

Rahway - $10,000

Roselle - $10,000

Scotch Plains - $7,800

Springfield - $6,000

Summit - $10,000

Westfield - $10,000

Total: $134,600

According to Union County officials, the grants support the goals of Chairman Granados’s Moving Union County Forward “Plant a Seed” initiative for engaging the public in conservation and environmental education.

The Freeholder Board is also offering all residents a free app that makes it easier to stay up to date about countywide recycling information and municipal recycling schedules.  More information on the Recycle Coach app can be found at ucnj.org/recycling/recycle-coach-app.

For more details on all upcoming recycling events, and contact information for municipal recycling coordinators, visit ucnj.org/recycling.

Quick links to all Union County environmental programs can be found at http://ucnj.org/green-connection.