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Symposium marks 25 years of recycling in New Jersey

Former Governor Thomas Kean will be the keynote speaker at a symposium to be held Tuesday, April 24 at Stockton College to celebrate 25 years of New Jersey’s mandatory recycling law.

Panel discussions will explore the state of recycling and new technologies as well as past, present and future trends in recycling.
The symposium, being held two days after Earth Day, is cosponsored by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy and the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA).  The event will be held at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Campus Center.

Governor Kean, who signed the recycling mandate into law, is scheduled to speak at 6:30 p.m. following a 5:15 p.m. reception. The symposium begins at 1 p.m. in the Campus Center.

Optional tours highlighting Stockton College’s sustainability initiatives will be available.
The cost is $55 per person and includes access to all symposium sessions and an informal dinner/reception. To register, visit the Hughes Center website at

Confirmed speakers include:
• Robert Anderson, Regional Business Development Manager, ReCommunity
• Isaac Manning, Director of Recycling, Occupational Training Center of Burlington County
• Dominick D’Altilio, President, Association of New Jersey Recyclers
• Jerry Powell, editor, Resource Recycling magazine, on the national perspective
• Rocco D’Antonio, Organic Diversion
• Gary Sondermeyer, Bayshore Recycling
• Mary Sheil, former administrator of NJDEP’s Office of Recycling
• Ron Riskie, Mayor of Woodbury (first recycling program in New Jersey)
• Penny Jones, Morris County MUA
• and Chasing Arrows creator Gary Anderson.

Almost 25 years since this important legislation became law, recycling is even more relevant today. “Recycling is one of the easiest sustainable actions any one of us can do for our planet. In spite of challenges, New Jersey’s mandatory recycling law has clearly been a true success. Millions and millions of tons of waste material have been removed from the waste stream and recycled during these years,” said ACUA President Richard Dovey.

 “The benefits of recycling are clear: natural resource and energy conservation, reduction in emissions of air and water pollutants and reductions in greenhouse gas generation. Mandatory recycling has also resulted in the creation of almost 27,000 jobs in New Jersey, as well as other economic benefits for the state’s economy,” Dovey added.

We’re delighted to be celebrating this historical environmental milestone with so many of the leaders that helped bring it to fruition,” said Dovey.

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