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09/12/11

Hammonton shows greatest increase in recycling for Atlantic County; Larger bins and an educated public contribute to program’s success

As the Town of Hammonton celebrates “Green Day” on Sunday, September 18, residents can feel good about their contribution to Hammonton’s green status. In March of 2009, Hammonton residents changed the way they recycle and have been leading the way with an increase of over 12 percent, the largest increase in residential recycling rates of any Atlantic County town.

In March of 2009, the Town of Hammonton and the ACUA worked together to make the necessary changes to the town’s recycling collection contract which enabled the town to pay the cost of larger containers for residential recycling. The 95-gallon wheeled, lidded containers were delivered to single family homes and duplexes. ACUA had moved to single stream collection in January of 2009 enabling people to combine all recyclable materials in one container.

“Hammonton Mayor John DiDonato saw this change as a great opportunity to make recycling easier for residents while maintaining a neat and clean appearance,” said Richard Dovey, Atlantic County Utilities Authority president. “As an added bonus, the large containers have also made Hammonton the county’s leader in recycling,” Dovey added.

Increasing the amount of recycling collected translates into a reduction in the amount of trash collected, and reduces trash disposal costs for the Town.

A comparison of residential recycling collection rates between April 2008 and present by the ACUA shows Hammonton with the greatest increase – 12.4 percent - of any Atlantic County town. In 12 months before the carts were introduced, ACUA collected 1318.46 tons of recycling from Hammonton residents.  This number jumped to 1492.35 tons in the twelve months following the rollout of the new bins. Between April 2010 and March 2011, Hammonton’s recycling tonnage increased to 1505.17 tons.


 
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