By David Madden

CHERRY HILL, NJ (CBS) – Cherry Hill’s ongoing recycling efforts have earned the town an accolade from the state of New Jersey, along with a nice sized check.

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The statewide average for recycling in 2012 was 44 percent. Cherry Hill’s rate was 65 percent, the highest in our part of South Jersey and one of the ten best in the state.

Mayor Chuck Cahn says the town’s long time commitment to recycling is paying off.

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“We continue to ask our residents to recycle more and more every year, and the fact that it continues to increase at a pretty steady rate is something very exciting.  And it’s something we’re very proud of,” he tells KYW Newsradio.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt to get a check for $164,000 from the state Department of Environmental Protection. It’s a grant for recycling efforts, based on overall tonnage collected.  The money comes from a $3-per-ton surcharge taken at trash disposal facilities across New Jersey.

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