Teaneck is the recipient of $40,227 in grant money awarded by the Christie Administration to enhance local recycling efforts, officials announced Monday.
This year's grant is based on the recycling successes local governments demonstrated in 2010. In 2010, New Jersey reached a 40-percent municipal solid waste recycling rate for the first time since 1998.
"Recycling is a high priority of the Christie Administration because it improves our environment while also creating tangible economic benefits for municipalities,'' said Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin in a statement. "As we observe the 25th anniversary of the state's Mandatory Recycling Act this year, a landmark law that made New Jersey the first state to require recycling, we are making a call to action across the state for everyone to renew their commitment to recycle.''
The grant program is funded by a $3 per ton surcharge on trash disposed at solid waste facilities, the DEP said. Local governments receive 60 percent of the money the fund generates to help enhance recycling outreach and compliance efforts.
"This grant program plays a key part in our effort to boost recycling throughout the state. The grants we are announcing today will help our municipalities purchase the best and biggest recycling containers, educate residents and businesses, and support a dedicated recycling staff," DEP Assistant Commissioner for Environmental Management Jane Kozinski said.