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Brick, N.J., Residents Recycling More Often, Township Spends Less on Landfill Costs

Brick, N.J., Residents Recycling More Often, Township Spends Less on Landfill Costs

When Brick Township switched to automated recycling in 2013, one of the goals officials had in mind was reducing the township’s annual landfill costs by making it easier for people to recycle items instead of throw them away.

When a resident puts trash out on the curb each week, the township pays, per ton, to dispose of the waste at the Ocean County Landfill. With recycling, however, the township not only avoids paying the landfill bill but makes some money on the raw materials that are ultimately sold on the market.

In 2014, the first full year the recycling program was in place, Brick residents recycled 18 percent more than the year before, said Glenn Campbell, director of the township’s Public Works Department.

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