WESTFIELD, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced Monday that Westfield is getting a $10,000 Recycling Enhancement Grant. The grant program, which aims at improving local recycling rates, is administered by Union County with funding from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

According to the town of Westfield's website, the grant wil be used to continue the expansion of recycling opportunities – including batteries, fluorescent bulbs, and many forms of Styrofoam – at the Westfield Conservation Center.

Fifteen municipalities received a total of $134,600 in Recycling Enhancement Grants, the county said. The municipalities that received funding from the 2018 Recycling Enhancement Grant program are:

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Berkeley Heights: $7,200

Clark: $10,000

Cranford: $7,500

Elizabeth: $10,000

Hillside: $7,600

Kenilworth: $9,000

Linden: $9,500

New Providence: $10,000

Rahway: $10,000

Roselle: $10,000

Scotch Plains: $7,800

Springfield - $6,000

Summit: $10,000

Westfield: $10,000

“Union County is proud to partner with our municipal governments to conserve resources and protect the environment, by providing the equipment and infrastructure that helps our residents send more waste into the recycling stream,” Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados said in a press release.

To receive a Recycling Enhancement Grant, applicants must submit detailed plans that fit specific requirements for promoting recycling and protecting the environment.

The projects that received funding include infrastructure improvements to public recycling centers and new recycling bins or storage containers for schools, parks, train stations and other public facilities.

The grants support the goals of Chairman Granados’s Moving Union County Forward “Plant a Seed” initiative for engaging and the public in conservation and environmental education.

The Freeholder Board is also encouraging 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 upcoming county 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.