ROXBURY, N.J. – The township will receive about $24,581 from the state to help in its recycling efforts, the Christie Administration announced today.

The money is part of more than $15 million in state recycling grants awarded through the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Each town’s grant award is based on 2012 recycling data and the funds, which will be distributed starting this week, are authorized New Jersey’s Recycling Enhancement Act, said the DEP.

“Recycling is not only important for our environment, it also provides economic benefits by saving our cities and towns money and by creating jobs,” said Commissioner Martin in a statement. “I am proud to see the commitment to recycling demonstrated by our residents and local governments.’’

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The grant program is funded by a surcharge on garbage dumped at solid waste disposal facilities statewide. The state collects $3 per ton of waste and the grant distributions are based on “the recycling successes local governments demonstrated in 2012,” the DEP explained.

Newark will get the largest grant: $277,283, followed by Vineland with $243,365 and Toms River with $240,510.

“We still have the goal of achieving 50 percent municipal recycling in New Jersey and we would like to see our overall recycling rate grow beyond 60 percent and stay there,” said DEP Assistant Commissioner for Environmental Management Jane Herndon in the statement. “We’re pleased this grant program serves as an incentive to help boost recycling throughout the state.’’

The DEP said the money can be used to augment recycling in a number of ways, such as buying “the best and biggest recycling containers” or educating residents and businesses about recycling.

The DEP did not reveal how many tons of material were recycled in Roxbury. It said almost 20.2 million tons of waste,  including construction debris, were created in the state in 2012 and 11 million tons were recycled. “The overall waste generated and amount of materials recycled were impacted significantly by debris generated by Superstorm Sandy,” noted the state.