Single-Stream Recycling Saves Town Big Money
Public Works head says the new program saved more then $275,000 the first year
The Township has saved more than $275,000 in the year since the town switched to single stream recycling, officials said Wednesday.
Robert Hendrickson, head of the Public Works department, told the Township Committee during its workshop meeting that the town has saved $174,384 in fees to dump garbage at the county landfill in Tinton Falls since June 6.
In that time, Hendrickson said, the town also has made a profit of $101,991 by selling the town’s recycling to Waste Management Inc., which is purchasing the refuse from the township, bringing the total savings to $276,375.
“Obviously, that’s well worth it,’’ Hendrickson said.
The information came from a short presentation to the committee where Hendrickson briefed the governing body on the state of the Public Works department during the 45-minute meeting.
Township officials before the program went into effect last year predicted that the new program could save the township up to $300,000 by not paying the county landfill to accept the trash. Instead, the 3-year deal with Waste Management pays the township for the recycling in its first year.
The remaining two years of the deal, the township does not receive payment from Waste Management, but continues to save on fees that otherwise would have been paid to dump at the landfill.