MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morristown will receive over $40,000 from the state for its recycling efforts, said Morris County officials.
The township will receive their share of the $1 million allocated to Morris County's 39 municipalities. The county’s chunk of grant money comes from a pool of about $14.3 million in grants announced by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), said the county in a statement on Tuesday.
Six Morris County towns will receive more grant money than Morristown; Denville will receive $43,449; Hanover will receive $44,734; Montville will receive $49,547; Randolph will receive $53,619; Rockaway will receive $77,964 and Parsippany will receive $97,883.
“Recycling is a way for all Morris County residents, and our schools and businesses, to make a personal hands-on difference in protecting our environment and enhancing the quality of life in our county and state,” said Morris County Freeholder Christine Myers, who is the board’s liaison on recycling issues.
The state recycling grant program gets funds from a $3-per-ton surcharge on garbage taken to solid waste disposal sites across the state. “The grant program rewards local governments and enhances recycling efforts through initiatives such as running tire collection days, providing recycling receptacles and maintaining leaf composting operations,” explained the county. “Each award is based on materials collected and recycled, and can be used in various ways to improve recycling results.”
Morris County recycles nearly half of its mixed solid waste (MSW) according to the county, significantly more than most counties across the country. The national MSW recycling rate is 34 percent, the county said.
Municipalities statewide receiving the highest grant awards for 2014 recycling efforts are: Newark (Essex County), $552,249; Vineland (Cumberland County), $306,675; Jersey City (Hudson County), $298,152; Paterson (Passaic County), $227,130; Secaucus (Hudson County); $209,815.