Freeholders commend borough on efforts to reduce waste

FREEHOLD, NJ – Rumson officials plan to use their municipal recycling grant to purchase two additional storage barns to house recyclables at their municipal recycling depot, located behind Rumson Borough Hall at the foot of Avenue of Two Rivers, next to the municipal boat ramp.

The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders presented a check in the amount of $10,000 to Rumson officials last night.

“We are most grateful to receive this money for our recycling center,” Rumson Councilwoman Joan P. DeVoe told the freeholders. “Our recycling center is very unique and well respected. Residents who use it are very neat and clean.”

Rumson recently invested $100,000 improving its recycling yard, and the $10,000 will be used to buy two more roll-off containers, also called barns due to the sliding doors.

“We are very proud of our recycling program,” Rumson Recycling Coordinator James Mellish said. “We sell the recyclables ourselves, and it has developed into a valuable revenue stream for the borough. Keeping it clean helps to make it user friendly.”

The Municipal Recycling Services Improvement Grants stem from the county’s Solid Waste Management Plan, which the freeholders updated in March 2009. A major emphasis of the plan was to increase recycling by making it more convenient and visible for local residents and businesses.

To help meet the goals of new Solid Waste Plan, which is more comprehensive, the freeholders included a program to pass-through some of the county’s recycling grant funds to local communities.

“The County felt it was important to do more to encourage recycling, and we are pleased to distribute this grant money,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, a member of the Planning Board that developed the new Solid Waste Management Plan.

“Recycling is the best way to add years to the Reclamation Center,” said Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone, also a Planning Board member. “Everyone needs to be responsible for recycling in order for it to work. These grants are an excellent way to encourage that on the local level.

“The more recyclables we remove from the waste stream, the more years we will have to use the Reclamation Center,” Arnone added.

Recycling grants can be used to upgrade local recycling centers, provide recycling containers in public places or for residential collection programs, or other worthy projects.

“More than $600,000 is expected to be distributed to municipalities through this grant program,” said Lawrence Zaayenga, the county’s solid waste coordinator.

To date, $338,350 has been distributed to 14 towns to help them improve local recycling efforts.