NJ Municipalities 1/3 of our towns recycle less than 25%. Only 16% of our towns have reached the mandatory 50% recycling rate.
Strip Mall in Hopewell Twp., NJ ( Aug. 1, 2012) Trash cans Public Space Recycling
Belongs in Starbucks recycling bin inside the store Glass beverage container Plastic food container Plastic beverage container Strip Mall in Hopewell Twp., NJ ( a Sunday morning in June 2012) Public Space Recycling Plastic food container
Mounting Solid Waste Debt 7 REVENUE THROUGH TIPPING FEES FEED THE DEBT INCUR DEBT, REFINANCE INSTITUTE FLOW CONTROL ELIMINATE COMPETITION CREATE STEADY WASTE VOLUME $62MM/yr
The Costs of Solid Waste In 2010, New Jersey spent nearly a billion dollars disposing of almost 9 million tons of waste, excluding environmental harm. Proper recycling could have saved $250 million in disposal costs. 8
Clean Communities Act Funding PURPOSE% of FUND 2012 GRANTS State litter pickup, administration and enforcement 10% -- Municipal litter programs based on number of housing units 50% $13.9 million Municipal litter programs based on road mileage 30% County litter programs based on road mileage10% $1.7 million TOTAL $15.6 million 10
EFFECTS OF OZONE ON LUNG FUNCTION Healthy airway Inflamed airway due to ozone inhalation SOURCE: USEPA (2012) PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS: Cough, throat irritation, pain, burning, or discomfort in the chest when taking a deep breath, chest tightness, wheezing, or shortness of breath. CAUSE: Injury to airway epithelial cells followed by a cascade of other effects.
The lung of a person exposed only to air. The tiny cilia that clear the lungs of mucus appear along the top of the image in a neat and regular row. The lung of a person exposed to 20 ppb of ozone for 4our hours during moderate exercise. Some cilia appear missing and others appear misshapen. Arrows point to tiny bodies called neutrophils, an indicator of inflammation. SOURCE: NASA (2012)
The Solid Waste and Air Successes that make me happy
Re-energizing the Recycling Movement in NJ Cedar Crest Retirement Community in Pequannock installs food liquifier ~ NorthJersey.com (May 14, 2012) Gloucester County claims highest recycling rate in NJ ~ Examiner.com (April 19, 2012) Recycling bringing money for West Milford ~ NorthJersey.com (March 23, 2012 The recycling rate in New Jerseys Montville Township has doubled since 2007 ~ Waste and Recycling News (May 1, 2012) Christie Administration Announces $5.5 Million in Grants to Counties to Boost Recycling Efforts ~ DEP Press Release (February 27, 2012) Op Ed: Time to Re-Energize Recycling Movement ~ Commissioner Martin (July 22, 2012 Recycling Saves Money, and the Environment ~ DailyRecord.com (September 25, 2012) Want lower taxes? Recycle More. ~ Hopewell Valley News (September 27, 2012)
Solid Waste Transformation ~ Finding New Solutions to Old Problems Recycling and Minimization Solid Waste Market and Planning Solid and Hazardous Waste Program Business Practices Special Issues
Addressing the Unique Needs of Overburdened Communities First Ever Urban Recycling Summit Extensive Air Permitting Stakeholder Engagement in Overburdened Communities Increased outreach and communications
Diesel Success Stories Mandatory Retrofit Law In last phase – DPWs and miscellaneous on and off-road public diesel vehicles Private off-road construction vehicles Implementing EO60 175 vehicle pilot program Retrofits of certain engines used on state contracts 23
Mandatory Retrofit Law Category Time- frame Estimated Population % confirmed installs PM Benefit (tpy) to date of approved retrofits Public and private school buses 2008- 2012 7,417 97% 1 (Crankcase emission reductions not calculated.) Solid Waste Vehicles (public-owned or in public contract) 2008- 2013 1,642 78% 17 NJ Transit buses 2010- 2012 800 94% 52 Private commercial buses 2010- 2013 1,400 75% Publicly owned on-road and non-road Fall 2011- 2016 6,500 7% 13 Total 17,759 83 Plus 48 tpy anticipated reductions from future retrofits. September 18, 2012
Succeeding on PM 2.5 Clean Data Determinations - Air quality now better than current NAAQS NJ requested redesignation to attainment for PM2.5 on July 18, 2012 25
RECYCLE COMPOST DISPOSE THE CURBSIDE TRIO YAHOO!