DEP Honors Edison Department of Public Works

EATONTOWN – The state Department of Environmental Protection honored the Edison Department of Public Works as a New Jersey recycling leader, Acting Commissioner Mark N. Mauriello announced Oct. 14.

The Public Works Department has recycled more than two million tons of materials over the years, achieving annual recycling rates consistently exceeding 50 percent. The program has been expanded to include electronics, batteries, tires, motor oil, concrete, asphalt, textiles and organic waste. Edison’s Department of Public Works and Department of Recreation are also constructing a walkway made of recycled plastic as part of the Raritan Riverfront restoration and park.


“Recycling remains one of the best ways to show that we care about the environment. The simple act of separating recyclables from our trash not only saves natural resources, it strengthens our economy and reduces the greenhouse gases that cause climate change,” Mauriello said.

The award was presented during the 29th New Jersey Recycling Symposium and Awards Luncheon in Eatontown. South Jersey Healthcare of Vineland, Ortho McNeil Janssen Pharmaceuticals of Raritan, Trans-Americas Textile Recycling Co. of Clifton, New Meadowlands Stadium Co. of East Rutherford and Ocean City were also honored with awards.

During the event, winners of the annual recycling poetry contest for children in fourth through sixth grades also were honored. Local winners included Isabel Soriaga, a sixth grader at St. Cecelia School, Iselin; Tara Prabhu, a fifth grader at Thomas P. Hughes Elementary School, Berkeley Heights and  Natalie Zychlinski, a sixth grader at Our Lady of Mount Virgin School, Middlesex.

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