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November 2007

$4.2 million recycling grants provided

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is providing nearly $4.2 million in grants to support county and municipal recycling programs.

“Recycling remains one of the best hands-on ways for individuals to protect their environment,” Commissioner Lisa Jackson said. “Not only does recycling save landfill space and conserve natural resources, it also reduces the emission of greenhouse gases by allowing industries to use less energy. Every ton of plastic, paper, glass, and metal cans that is recycled reduces the emission of greenhouse gases by about a ton.”

Of the total waste stream, 10.5 million tons were categorized as municipal solid waste. Of this total, more than 3.5 million tons of paper, glass, cans and plastics were recycled, for a 34 percent municipal solid waste recycling rate.