Official: New Jersey On Pace For Disposal Crisis

New Jersey’s top recycling official is predicting that the state will face a solid waste disposal crisis in a decade if it does not improve its recycling rate, according to a report in the Courier Post newspaper. Guy Watson, chief of the state’s Bureau of Recycling and Planning, told a recent gathering of local government officials that the state generated 19 millions of trash in 2003 and is on pace to generate 33 million tons by 2015, an amount that he claimed the state’s landfills and incinerators would be unable to handle. He wants to increase the state’s recycling rate from 33 percent to 50 percent, according to the paper.