NEW JERSEY (CBS) — New Jersey towns will get a $14.3 million towards enhancing and promoting recycling efforts.
Each year, state municipalities must pay $3-per-ton on waste they throw into landfills.READ MORE: Philadelphia Commerce Director Michael Rashid Resigns After He Reportedly Made Anti-Semitic Remarks, Verbally Abused His Staff
The money is collected by the state and redistributed back into the communities.READ MORE: Water Main Break Flooding Multiple Buildings In Society Hill Section, Officials Say
“The grants are given to communities who must then use the money for programs that promote or enhance local recycling efforts,” said Caryn Shinske, a spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.
“Coordinating and operating tire recycling days, providing recycling receptacles throughout communities, maintaining leaf composting, running advertising or promotional campaigns.”MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Union Miss Out On Eastern Conference Championship Amid COVID Crisis
This year’s grants are based on 2014 numbers: where the recycling rate was about 41 percent, the goal is to get that number to 50 percent, across the state.