Students 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.

For more details on all countywide 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.

For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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Photo caption: Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados speaks with students and Rahway Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia Camp, Program Supervisor of Alternative Education JoAnn Mannix and Union County Bureau Chief of Recycling & Planning JoAnn Gemenden about new recycling bins for schools at Franklin Elementary School in Rahway. A free distribution program administered by Union County and funded by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has provided recycling bins to 56 schools in nine municipalities. (Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)