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Senator Mike Doherty Senator Mike Doherty (R-23)
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November 30, 2009
New Law Sponsored by Senator Doherty Helps Small Towns

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Two-Year Extension for Recycling Coordinator Certification

Senator Michael Doherty, R-Warren/Hunterdon, said he is pleased that his legislation giving municipalities a two-year extension on requirements to train a certified recycling coordinator has been signed into law.

“Many recycling coordinators are volunteers or part-time employees who get little or no extra pay for ensuring that their towns are in compliance with recycling laws,” Doherty stated. “A recession is the wrong time to force cash-strapped towns to pay the extra expense of training and increased compensation to meet new certification requirements.”

The 2007 Recycling Enhancement Act required each municipality to have a certified recycling coordinator no later than Jan. 13, 2010. The new law created by Senator Doherty delays that requirement until Jan. 13, 2012.

“This does nothing to hurt the environment,” Doherty continued. “It simply gives recycling coordinators, many of whom are volunteers, more time to complete a four-day training program required by the DEP.”

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