Freeholders commend mayors on their efforts to reduce waste

FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders distributed two more 2010 municipal recycling grants to improve recycling in municipalities. Keansburg and Marlboro received their grant money at freeholder meetings last week.

Pictured (from left ) are Freeholder John P. Curley, Marlboro Committeman Jeff Cantor, Marlboro Mayor Jonathan L. Hornick, Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry, Freeholder John D'Amico, Freeholder Robert D. Clifton, Freeholder Amy A. Mallet and County Solid Waste Coordinator Lawrence Zaayenga.

“This means a lot to us; we have a muddy yard,” said Keansburg Mayor James Coccuzza, who received a $7,500 grant. “We have gravel and dirt in our drop-off area, and with this money we are going to install a cement pad to make it easier for residents to use the recycling center.”

“This $15,000 grant allows us to buy roll-off containers, which allows us to collect recyclables ourselves,” Marlboro Mayor Jonathan L. Hornick said. “We also will have better access to recycling.”

Marlboro and Keansburg accept recyclables from small businesses at their municipal recycling depots. Doing so allows them to take the recycled materials to the market themselves, which generates additional funds for the respective towns.

The Municipal Recycling Services Improvement Grants stem from county’s Solid Waste Management Plan, which the Board 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.

“In order to meet the goals of this more comprehensive plan, the freeholders included a program to pass-through some of the county’s recycling grant funds to local communities,” said Lawrence Zaayenga, the county’s solid waste coordinator. “More than $600,000 is expected to be distributed to municipalities through this grant program.”

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

“The more material we can remove from the waste stream, the longer our Reclamation Center will last,” said Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry, a member of the Monmouth County Planning Board, which crafted the Solid Waste Management Plan. “One way to achieve this goal is to encourage recycling and other waste recovery techniques.”

“I encourage everyone to be responsible for recycling on a personal level,” said Freeholder John D’Amico also a Planning Board member. “That is the best way each citizen can proactively participate in this process, protect the environment and contribute to a greener future.”

To date, $249,500 has been distributed to nine towns to help them improve local recycling efforts.