The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is awarding more than $14 million in grants to municipal and county governments to enhance recycling efforts.
Commissioner Catherine McCabe says the annual grants are awarded through the state’s Recycling Enhancement Act, which authorizes a $3 per-ton surcharge on trash disposed at solid waste facilities to fund recycling efforts. The DEP allocates this money back to municipalities and counties based on their recycling accomplishments. This year’s grants are based on recycling performance in 2017.
New Jersey colleges can also pursue grants to conduct research and demonstration projects to strengthen recycling. The NJDEP says new grants will provide funds to research recycling markets, identify the role government can plan in encouraging recycling while identifying impediments to recycling markets and programs; study the composition of New Jersey’s waste stream; research, design and implement a solid waste and/or food waste recycling-exchange-reduction-reuse project or demonstration at an institution; and create a public outreach campaign to educate and motivate residents to reduce the amount of food they waste.
The NJDEP says recipients use these grants to improve recycling rates through a variety of initiatives, including funding recycling coordinator positions, providing recycling receptacles and pickup in public places, upgrading recycling drop-off centers, conducting education and outreach, and implementing curbside recycling pickup programs.