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Background Information:

WasteWise is a free, voluntary program established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to promote waste reduction (also known as source reduction), recycling and recycled product procurement.

The New Jersey WasteWise Business Network is an organization devoted to spreading the WasteWise message to businesses, local governments and other organizations in New Jersey. In cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the Network will focus on the business sector; however, membership is open to all organizations. Those organizations that choose to participate in the New Jersey WasteWise Business Network are not required to register as a WasteWise "partner" or "endorser" although it is recommended.

WasteWise partners are asked to establish goals and file an annual report regarding the status of the goals set forth. WasteWise partners have access to a wide variety of resources, as well as to one-on-one technical assistance to help develop and implement program strategies. WasteWise endorsers are organizations that recognize the value of WasteWise and actively promote it to their members or constituents. Partners and endorsers in this flexible program have numerous opportunities to be recognized and rewarded for their achievements.

Through the Network, the State of New Jersey will become an "advocate" as per WasteWise's States Campaign Initiative and will enjoy special benefits such as the development of tools and publications specifically suited to the needs of New Jersey.

Please consider participating as a member of the New Jersey WasteWise Business Network. For more information, please contact the NJDEP, Bureau of Recycling and Planning at 609-984-3438. For detailed information on the WasteWise program, visit www.epa.gov/wastewise.

The Benefits of WasteWise and Network Membership:

WasteWise Partners and Endorsers enjoy numerous benefits, including the following:

Free one-on-one technical assistance from which you will learn cost-cutting waste reduction strategies;
The toll-free WasteWise helpline;
Participation in awards and recognition programs;
Informative publications;
The vast resources of the WasteWise website; and
The WasteWise Took kit which provides guidance on setting goals, measuring results and reporting.

New Jersey WasteWise Business Network Members enjoy numerous benefits, including the following:

Biannual educational meetings where you will learn how to:
* reduce waste and save money;
* increase recycling and reduce disposal costs;and
* expand your purchase of recycled products;

Networking opportunities;
"The New Jersey WasteWise Bulletin" newsletters;
Inclusion in special events;
Positive publicity in the media; and
Public relations gains.

How to Join:

There is no cost to join the New Jersey WasteWise Business Network. Simply send an e-mail, fax or letter that indicates your desire to join the Network and includes the name of your business/organization, name and title of the contact person for your business/organization, brief description of your business/organization, mailing address, phone number, fax number, e-mail address and website address (if applicable), to:

NJDEP, Bureau of Recycling and Planning
401 East State Street, P.O. Box 414
Trenton, NJ 08625
609-984-3438 (phone)
609-633-1112 (fax)


Steven.Rinaldi@dep.state.nj.us

Note - You may also join the Network by registering as a partner or endorser directly through the USEPA's WasteWise program at www.epa.gov/wastewise or at 800-EPA-WISE (800-372-9473).

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