On behalf of the Middletown Township Committee, I would like to thank the residents of Middletown for making the Recycle2 Save program such a great success.
The introduction of single stream recycling has resulted in a huge increase in the number of recyclables collected, and a significant drop in the volume of waste material being disposed of in the county landfill. The past year 2012 saw the collection of recycled materials rise nearly 23% over the previous year, while the tonnage of non-recycled material dropped by over 8% during the same period. This translated into a net savings/increased revenue of over $20,000 per month from July to December of last year. If this trend continues and compliance continues to increase, it would be an important step in Middletown’s quest to replace municipal property taxes with other sources of revenue to pay for essential township services, infrastructure maintenance and capital improvements.
Residents can play an important role by encouraging friends, neighbors and co-workers to participate and help continue the remarkable progress we’ve made thus far. This program provides residents with an opportunity to play an active role in helping to lower property taxes with relatively little impact on their day to day lives. The Township Committee will continue to explore other creative ways to build upon the momentum of this innovative program to keep Middletown the great place it is to live, work and recreate.
Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger