PATERSON, NJ – The city’s improved recycling numbers will boost its state grant by about 57 percent, according to statistics released by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on Monday.

Paterson’s grant increased by about $87,000, from $151,802 to $238,701, the state’s report showed. Paterson received the third largest recycling grant among New Jersey municipalities. Only Newark ($299,903) and Jersey City ($278,748) got more money.

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The $13.1 million in grants announced on Monday are based on municipalities’ 2010 recycling numbers.

“Recycling is a high priority of the Christie Administration because it improves our environment while also creating tangible economic benefits for municipalities,’’ said DEP Commissioner Bob Martin in a press release. “As we observe the 25th anniversary of the state’s Mandatory Recycling Act this year, a landmark law that made New Jersey the first state to require recycling, we are making a call to  action across the state for everyone to renew their commitment to recycle.’’

Paterson’s 2010 recycling numbers included 35,250 tons of concrete, asphalt and bricks; 32,718 tons of oil contaminated soil, 26,279 tons of iron and 16,159 tons of corrugated paper, according to the data released by the state.