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Lawmakers Advance Legislation Aimed at Making It Easier for State Government to Recycle

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TRENTON NJ, A measure working its way through the Legislature would re-invigorate recycling efforts by state government.  While New Jersey’s recycling rate is well above the national average, it is still below the state’s goal set by the Legislature in 1992 to reduce waste by 50 percent. The Assembly Environment Committee advanced the bill (A3770) Monday setting it up for a vote in the full Assembly.  Sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney, it requires all state offices to recycle and provide bins for cans, plastic bottles, paper, cardboard and glass. “Recycling is second nature for the majority of families, schools and businesses,” said Rooney (R-Bergen).

“Thirty-one years after the enactment of the statewide Mandatory Recycling Act, our state is a recognized national leader in recycling. Requiring state offices to participate will help us meet and exceed our goals.” Recycling rescues 43 percent of the state’s waste from landfills and incinerators, with more than 4.3 million tons reused in 2015. The Legislature amended the 1987 Mandatory Recycling Act in 1992, more than doubling its goal to recycle the state’s municipal solid waste to 50 percent. “Recycling has a positive impact on the air, water and land,” said Rooney. “The benefit to the environment cannot be overstated. For every ton of municipal solid waste that is recycled, more than 1.5 metric tons of greenhouse gas is avoided.” The production of recycled steel generates 85 percent less air pollution and cuts water pollution by 40 percent. Manufacturing paper from recycled material cuts air pollution by 74 percent and water pollution by 35 percent.

5 thoughts on “Lawmakers Advance Legislation Aimed at Making It Easier for State Government to Recycle

  1. Isn’t recycling dead?
    RW comingles all recycling
    There was a crisis recently caused by The Trump China Tariff when Tons and Tons of recyclable material was piling up due to the fact that Chineese companies were no longer buying American Recycling in bulk in order to BURN IT.
    Recycling is a scam and a tool for social conditioning and control.

  2. He used to give riding lessons at the stable…

  3. Stop making some of the plastic ‘s .

  4. Stop blaming trump.That’s your bullshit info. the price of recycling materials has been going down for so many years now the market is sinking., They should Dup all the shit in Afghanistan, Iran ,

  5. Billy – did you graduate from the Ridgewood school system???
    Read again… the post is not blaming Trump… It’s pointing out the idiocy of recycling.
    Recycling is just a feel-good, virtue signaling exercise. Tons and tons of recycled products are just going to China to be BURNED. The Trump tariff just EXPOSED the truth of it all… it did not cause anything.
    I think you will need some tutoring before taking the Evidence Based Reading section of the SAT.
    Unless of course your mom has $250 million in bribe money.

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