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Senator Sam Thompson Senator Sam Thompson (R-12)
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October 22, 2012
Thompson, Dancer & Clifton Announce DEP Grants for Recycling

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The Legislative District 12 Republican team of Sen. Sam Thompson, and Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton, who represent parts of Middlesex, Ocean, Burlington and Monmouth counties, are pleased to announce the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is issuing grants totaling over $200,000 to the 14 municipalities in their district for recycling projects.

“In New Jersey, recycling pays for residents and taxpayers,” said Thompson. “These grant dollars are welcome revenue to municipalities and encourage local officials to step up their efforts to promote recycling and enforce compliance.”

The grants are based on the tonnage of recycled materials generated by each town in 2010, and are to be used to continue the recycling efforts in each municipality.

“There are many benefits to the recycling program, including conserving natural resources and energy, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Clifton. “Improving and making the public aware of our sustainability effort is an ongoing commitment and each community is responsible for contributing to that goal. The grants received in our district represent a three percent increase over the previous year and I commend each municipality for their commitment to the program.”

“We have an obligation to conserve and protect the land we live on, the water we drink and the air we breathe,” said Dancer. “In addition to safeguarding our environment, there are economic benefits to encouraging recycling. Manufacturers can reduce energy costs which save the amount of BTU’s needed to operate a facility. Consumers who purchase quality recycled products are supporting the long-term market demand for recyclable materials. We cannot place a price on the value of clean air, water and land, but recycling plays an important role in protecting these resources.”

Below is a breakdown of what each town in District 12 will receive from the DEP’s Protection’s Recycling Tonnage Grant award based on 2010 tonnage amounts.

County Municipality Grant
Burlington Chesterfield $3,040.02
Burlington New Hanover $8,465.30
Burlington North Hanover $6,791.90
Burlington Wrightstown $3,109.38
Middlesex Old Bridge $75,614.30
Monmouth Allentown $2,757.60
Monmouth Englishtown $3,721.25
Monmouth Manalapan $23,919.22
Monmouth Matawan $7,089.18
Monmouth Millstone $7,151.59
Monmouth Roosevelt $430.47
Monmouth Upper Freehold $3,743.39
Ocean Jackson $55,764.23
Ocean Plumsted $6,040.52

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