One of the most effective ways to fight higher property taxes is to substitute other revenue sources to pay for essential municipal services.  Residents of Middletown have a unique opportunity to help do just that.  The Recycle 2 Save program provides a simple way to help lower property taxes while decreasing the amount of waste put into our landfills. 

Residents can now recycle any paper product – from movie ticket stubs to junk mail to refrigerator boxes along with traditional recyclables like magazines and newspapers at the Kane’s Lane Recycling Center, or during the monthly curbside pick-up.  The revenue from the recycled fiber products can then be used to pay for essential municipal services and infrastructure maintenance.  The recycling of fiber products also saves the township money by putting less material into landfills which in turn, lowers the tipping fees that cost the town millions of dollars each year.   

While the township has seen a steady increase in recycled fiber products, there are still many households that are not yet fully participating.  Complying with this law is easy; just separate all paper-based waste materials from the normal household trash and place the container at the curb on the same day as newspaper pick up.   

A complete list of acceptable items is also available on the Township website.  If every household in the township participated in the Recycle 2 Save program to its maximum, the savings to the taxpayers would be enormous and the governing body would have another weapon in its arsenal to fight New Jersey’s highest in the nation property taxes.  

Gerry Scharfenberger

Middletown Township Committee