Hasbrouck Heights' recycling efforts continue to pay off as this year the Department of Environmental Protection has granted the borough with an award of nearly $18,000 for its continued efforts.
The borough's recycling program has enabled it to receive funds from the state each year. Last year the borough received 17,271. This year Hasbrouck Heights is slated to receive $17,918, a slight increase from last year. The monies are usually put toward DPW equipment.
According to a statement from the DEP, the funds are awarded through the Recycling Enhancement Act, which has significantly increased recycling tonnage grants the DEP is able to distribute to almost all of the state’s cities and towns. Statewide, $13.1 million in state grants will be distributed to municipalities. In Bergen County, $1.5 million is being distributed among municipalities.
The recycling grant program is funded by a $3 per ton surcharge on trash disposed at solid waste facilities.
Distribution of grant funds this year is based on the recycling successes local governments demonstrated in 2010. In 2010, New Jersey reached a 40-percent municipal solid waste or MSW recycling rate for the first time since 1998.