Tuesday, April 24, 2012

What you may not know about recycling in NJ (Video)

Do you know which department of New Jersey's state government originated the idea of residential recycling? The Department of Environmental Protection, right? Wrong.

New Jersey's first recycling law required residents to separate recyclables like newspaper from regular household garbage. Correct? No, it did not.

Recycling legislation was enacted under a Democratic governor in New Jersey, right?
You're half right.

Bonus Questions:

The state's environmental community supported recycling 100 percent, right? 

Who in private industry was instrumental in getting recycling launched? 

Which business sector was concerned about the law's potential negative effects?

For the answers to these questions and other interesting facts about the Garden State's recycling law--which turns 25 this month--view Part Two (below) of our interview with recycling pioneers Jean Clark and Mary Sheil.

Meet Two New Jersey Recycling Pioneers - Video (Part 2)

Tell us in the comment box below what you think about recycling?  When did you first become aware of it?  At home?  In school?  Is New Jersey doing enough to support recycling?  Are you recycling as much as you could?  If not, why not? Is there an active recycling program in your town's school system?  In your municipal buildings? Do all your local merchants recycle? If not, do you remind them that it's the law?

Our most recent posts:
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