Number of the Day: 40 percent

June 29, 2012 | Number of The Day

With 364,000 extra tons of paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and other materials recycled, New Jersey reached a 40 percent
recycling rate for municipal solid waste in 2010.

Another 1.1 million tons of material per year is needed for New Jersey to reach its 50 percent recycling goal, but the state’s urban areas in particular continue to face obstacles in meeting this mark.

On Thursday, the Department of Environmental Protection Solid Waste Program and New Jersey Solid Waste Advisory Council hosted an Urban Recycling Summit to help representatives from 21 of the state’s urban areas develop improved recycling practices and boost their economies. It is estimated that the amount of materials that are disposed of and not recycled costs New Jersey residents and businesses between $75 million and 80 million in solid waste disposal fees every year. Learn more about recycling in New Jersey by clicking here.