New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy just signed into law a bill that aims to revitalize the state’s recycling market.
Senate Bill 3939/3944 calls for the creation of a Recycling Market Development Council that would report on best practices to reduce the contamination of recyclables and recommend ways to stimulate demand for the materials. The move comes amid a statewide market demand for some recyclable materials.
NJBIZ reports that under the law, the council would analyze the market for recycling and consider strategies to increase the use of collected recyclables in the manufacturing of new products.
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Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law a bill to establish a council to make recommendations for the future of recycling that will operate within the State Department of Environmental Protection.
“There have been significant changes in the global recycling market, and the impact is being felt throughout our counties and towns,” said Sen. Kip Bateman, R-16th District, who sponsored Senate Bill 3939/Senate Bill 3944. “Local governments are struggling to maintain recycling without outside revenue. The public has embraced recycling so effectively that supply now exceeds demand. The imbalance results in warehouses overflowing with paper, cans, bottles and plastic, and the excess ends up going to the landfill.”