$5.5 million in grants to boost local recycling efforts in New Jersey

New Jersey’s 21 counties will receive funding to help boost local recycling efforts as part of a $5.5 million grant package.

The Department of Environmental Protection says county agencies will use the grant money to promote public education, e-waste collection and education programs, household hazardous waste and scrap tire collection programs and inspections, among other things.

“We are working hard to find ways to improve recycling rates and re-energize recycling efforts across all sectors of our state, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin said in a statement.

“These Recycling Enhancement Act grants are an important part of this effort.”

The DEP says New Jersey is nearing its 25th anniversary of the Mandatory Source Separation and Recycling Act, a law which made the state the first to require recycling.

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