ROXBURY, NJ – The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) this week gave Roxbury Clean Communities Coordinator Kellie Ann Keyes an award for her recycling efforts.

Keyes won the DEP’s “Rising Star” award, said the state. “Along with her many other duties at the (Roxbury) Department of Public Works, including running the recycling depot, she has implemented recycling programs at schools, conducted recycling inspections at businesses and organized volunteers for litter cleanups,” the DEP noted.

The award was among those bestowed Thursday at the 39th Annual Association of New Jersey Recyclers symposium and luncheon at the Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune, Monmouth County.

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“I commend these award winners for their work to promote recycling and educate their communities about the importance of diverting waste to better protect our natural resources,” Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe said. “New Jersey is consistently a national leader in recycling, and we applaud the winners for going above and beyond to help safeguard the environment.”

The state said Keyes’ “focus to improve education and reduce contamination of the recycling stream at multi-family complexes has resulted in increased compliance and improved communication between the town and property managers.”

Last year, Keyes was honored by Morris County for her municipal recycling efforts. She won an Environmental Excellence Award from the county Municipal Utilities Authority.

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