& Hazardous Waste Recycling
2006 AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING
ACHIEVEMENT IN RECYCLING
DOE Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL)
In support of its scientific research mission, PPPL has proactively managed
its environmental performance in several key areas including energy and
water usage, recycling, environmentally-preferred purchasing, and pollution
prevention. PPPL’s recycling program includes office papers, cardboard,
packaging materials, wood, concrete, construction waste, various scrap
metals, and electronic waste. PPPL has steadily increased its municipal
solid waste recycling rate to over 50%, meeting the federal government’s
recycling goal for 2010 six years ahead of schedule. Environmentally preferred
purchasing at PPPL, 85% of all purchasing in FY ‘04 and ‘05,
includes the extensive use of bio-based products, recycled-content office
supplies, and recycled-content building products.
Toyota Logistics Services, Inc
In 2004 and 2005, Toyota Logistics Services achieved a recycling rate
of 87%, a full 27% higher than the state-mandated 60% recycling rate.
Non-traditional materials recycled and included in the 2005 recycling
rate are struts, Styrofoam, soft plastic, and rapguard. Toyota is constantly
identifying innovative ways to recycle and make a positive impact on our
Borough of Fair Lawn
The Borough of Fair Lawn has been recycling since the mid-1980s prior
to the adoption of the mandatory recycling law in 1987. Recycling collection
in the Borough consists of weekly curbside collection for residential,
small businesses, multi-family units, and schools. The Borough also has
a full-time recycling drop-off center that operates 7 days a week. Fair
Lawn has implemented enforcement and education initiatives that have contributed
to the achievement of a recycling rate of 54% in 2005.
Franz Adler, Recycling Coordinator, City of Margate
Margate is a shore community and has a relatively large tourist population.
Mr. Adler realized that educating the public, particularly the tourists,
was his best chance of creating a successful recycling program. He provided
educational materials to real estate offices, renters, and public and
private schools, and improved the recycling of construction and demolition
debris by working with local builders. All of the schools and 135 of 140
businesses in the city now have a recycling program. The inclusion of
so many businesses, school, and builders into the recycling program, as
well as the targeted outreach to the tourist population, have contributed
to a 28% municipal solid waste (MSW) recycling rate, comparable to the
27.7 countywide MSW recycling rate.
Global Recycling Solutions
Global Recycling operates a full Class “A” recycling facility
on County property located directly at the Monmouth County Reclamation
Center (landfill). The facility accepts all grades of fiber and commingled
containers, as well as mixed broken glass from other recycling facilities,
thus providing a stable market for this problem material. Global felt
that if they could find a use for all the glass, without going through
all the expense of sorting the glass into colors, the problems typically
associated with accepting commingled containers would no longer be an
issue. They determined that the perfect solution would be to pulverize
all of the glass into an aggregate for beneficial uses such as filtration
and landfill cover. Global Recycling assumed full cost for the operation
of the recycling facility, and they also funded the purchase of necessary
equipment. Global pays the County a fee for every ton that is delivered
to the site, and all of the glass processed by Global is given to the
County at no cost.
Whole Foods Market
The Whole Foods Markets in New Jersey are innovators in the field of
recycling primarily because a majority of the stores participate in on-site
source separation of organic materials for composting. This enables the
stores to recycle about 50% of their waste in one category. In addition,
the stores separate and recycle many items including, cardboard, stretch
film plastics, meat renderings and cooking oil, mixed office paper and
newspaper, and electronics.
Joseph Fallon, Fort Monmouth
Mr. Fallon is the manager of the overall recycling program at Fort Monmouth.
Mr. Fallon established the Class D/Universal Waste Recycling Center in
2002 and the Beneficial Use Project for oil spill debris in 2003. The
Center augments the long established Class A, B, and C recycling programs
that were also initiated by Mr. Fallon. The purpose of the Center is to
promote recycling and the safe handling of recyclable materials generated
by regional US Armed Forces installations and other federal installations.
Materials accepted at the recycling center include used oils, oil filters,
oil spill debris, used anti-freeze, oil-based paint, all battery types,
and mercury containing lamps. Fort Monmouth personnel and residents are
educated about the recycling program in ways that are appropriate to their
responsibilities. All new employees are advised to recycle batteries,
beverage containers, toner cartridges, and office paper. Similarly, new
residents are provided with information regarding the recycling of these
items as well as household hazardous waste and Class D. waste.
The “Caring Keepers of our Planet Earth” 4-H Environmental
Ambassador Program, established by Jeannette Rea-Keywood, is a 3 day/2
night educational opportunity for youth in grades 5 – 7 from three
South Jersey counties. Through this program, students are able to study
waste management and environmental issues, and to become ambassadors in
their schools and communities. This program brings waste management alternatives
and environmental issues to life for students through a variety of activities
that use experiential, inquiry-based, interactive and cooperative learning
SOURCE REDUCTION/RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
New Jersey Resources (NJR)
New Jersey Resources provides reliable retail and wholesale energy services
to customers in New Jersey and in other states across the country. Its
principal subsidiary, New Jersey Natural Gas, is one of the fastest-growing
local distribution companies in the United States, serving more than 465,000
customers in central and northern New Jersey. NJR currently participates
in the voluntary EPA WasteWise program. This program allows NJR to reduce,
reuse, recycle and buy remanufactured products while emphasizing waste
prevention and environmental preservation. Over 760 employees make this
program a success, especially the buyers who purchase reused, remanufactured,
or recycled-content products whenever possible. In order to obtain participant
cooperation, NJR has written friendly reminders to tenants, e-mailed and
posted messages to employees, held meetings with janitorial staff, and
generated procedure information in Spanish.
The Burlington Township Compost Site is a unique facility designed to
make recycling convenient for all residents, schools and small businesses.
The facility is open 7 days per week and is the only one of its type in
Burlington County. The site accepts glass, tin, aluminum, 1 and 2 plastics,
cardboard, magazines, newspapers, used motor oil, clothing, concrete,
computers, branches, leaves, grass, vehicle batteries, and other items.
The Center also offers an area where residents can recycle books, and
provides residents with free leaf mulch, firewood, and fill dirt.