Mahwah is set to receive over $45,000 in grant money from the state thanks to the township’s recycling efforts in past years. The grant is part of $13.1M given out statewide through the Recycling Enhancement Act, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced in a release Monday.
According to the release, the grant is funded by a $3 per ton surcharge on trash disposed at solid waste facilities. Local governments receive 60 percent of the money the fund generates to help enhance recycling outreach. The rest goes toward county waste management systems and hazardous waste collections.
Mahwah Business Administrator Brian Campion said the grant, which he expects to receive within the next two weeks, can only be used to cover specific expenses.
“A portion is used for education about recycling, especially to school children,” Campion said. “The funds are also used to support the costs of the recycling program.”
In 2010, 9.8 million tons of municipal solid waste was generated in N.J. About 40 percent of that, or 3.9 million tons, was recycled, the release said. The state is urging all towns to reach a 50 percent recycling rate.
Mahwah received the sixth highest payout amount of the municipalities in Bergen County that got grant money this year. Here’s how Mahwah’s payout, based on the amount of recycling collected in the township in 2010, compares to other nearby municipalities:
Statewide, the highest grants awarded this year are to Newark at $299,903, Jersey City at $278,748 and Paterson at $238,701.