Edison, NJ - Approximately 25 people attended the Edison Sustainable Jersey Green Team (ESJGT)/Student Environmental Network for a Sustainable Earth (SENSE) presentation as to Recycling, last week. The meeting was held at the Edison Municipal Complex.

Gary Sondermeyer, who currently serves as Vice President of Operations for Bayshore Recycling and as the Vice Chair of Sustainable Jersey and Co-Chair of the Woodbridge Township Green Team, spoke to attendees.  The presentation entitled “The Recycling Industry: Where We Are Now and Where We Need To Be (Business Model vs Environmental Sustainability)” reviewed the history, dynamics, challenges, economics and initiatives of recycling in New Jersey, the Northeast, nationwide and globally, with many references and examples.

Prior to Bayshore, Mr. Sondermeyer worked at NJDEP for 30 years and served on the Boards of many environmentally-focused organizations.

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Attendees included representatives from the Metuchen Environmental Commission, Tzu Chi Foundation, Garden State Spandan, SEWA, Edison Township Environmental Commission, Clara Barton Neighborhood Preservation Committee, Dismal Swamp Preservation Commission, ESJGT,  and SENSE.  

The event was planned and organized by Esther Barcun, Coordinator of SENSE – the green/sustainable community education arm of ESJGT. Additional free ESJGT/SENSE environmental presentations are currently in the process of development for future events, stated the Township.