Town of Westfield Gets $20,000 Grant to Expand Recycling
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 • 10:37am
WESTFIELD, NJ – The Town of Westfield has been awarded a Sustainable Jersey Small Grant for $20,000 to be used to fund the expansion of recycling operations at the conservation center, according to a press release on the town’s website, www.westfieldnj.gov. The 2013 Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program, funded in part by Walmart, is providing $380,000 in grants to local governments for sustainability projects like this one.
“Recycling is one of the best and most doable ways to protect and preserve our precious natural resources. Expanding the recycling capacity at the conservation center will have an ongoing positive impact on the town and the environment, because a higher volume and greater variety of materials will be recycled over the course of time and, therefore, the volume of recyclable materials in the solid waste stream would forever be reduced,” said Mayor Andrew Skibitsky in that press release. “I thank Sustainable Jersey and Walmart for their foresight and consideration. As I have often said, the environment is a gift, one that should be nurtured in perpetuity.”
The Westfield Conservation Center currently has recycling containers for commingled recyclables, paper, cardboard, electronic waste and scrap metal. This expansion is intended to provide additional recycling opportunities including, but not limited to, items such as clothing, white goods, additional types of plastics, bulbs, batteries and more.
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