ELIZABETH, NJ - Students in Elizabeth and other schools throughout Union County can toss their recyclables into new recycling bins this fall, thanks to a free distribution program administered by Union County and funded by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. In all, 56 schools in nine municipalities received the bins.

“When students recycle in our schools, they learn lifelong lessons about environmental stewardship, taking responsibility, and making a positive impact on our planet,” said Chairman Freeholder Sergio Granados. “We are very proud to work with DEP and our local school districts to strengthen and enhance recycling programs in our schools.”

The nine municipalities receiving bins for their school districts are Berkeley Heights, Elizabeth, Hillside, Mountainside, New Providence, Rahway, Roselle Park, Springfield, and Summit.

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“I believe we need to start at a young age in teaching children about recycling and going green,” said Chairman Granados. “Partnering up with our local school districts is one of the best ways to get them accustomed to a green lifestyle and inspire a new generation of leaders and innovators.”

The bin distribution follows a state-funded recycling program administered by Union County earlier this year, which provided grants to improve local recycling facilities.

Recycling supports 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 also encourages all residents to sign up for “Recycle Coach,” 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.

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