UNION COUNTY — Kean University was one of several business, organizations and individuals honored at the month’s state Recycling Symposium and Awards Luncheon held at the Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune.
Kean University located in Union installed a state-of-the-art composting system on campus that over the past few years has turned more than 291,000 pounds of wastes into compost for projects on the campus and at other community sites, all of which have seen dramatic improvements in soil productivity and plant growth. The school was recognized in the “Institution” category.
Erin Heaning, a student at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark, was also recognized as one of the winners of a recycling-themed poetry contest.
“Recycling remains one of the best ways for each one of us to be actively engaged in protecting our environment and conserving our natural resources,” said Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin. “The Christie Administration commends these leaders for all they have done to promote and expand recycling efforts in their communities, schools and workplaces. They are an inspiration for all of us to recycle as much as possible and to do whatever we can to protect our environment.”
New Jersey became the first state to require recycling with the passage of the New Jersey Statewide Mandatory Source Separation and Recycling Act in 1987. Today, the Christie Administration has developed policies to boost current recycling rates and adapt recycling strategies to match modern lifestyles. The DEP, as part of that effort, requires counties to achieve recycling tonnage targets and, with local and county partners, promotes public participation in recycling programs.
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