NORTH BERGEN – With a total of 16,840 pounds of recycled paper, Kennedy School has won North Bergen’s second annual Paper Recycling Contest, which is sponsored by the North Bergen Municipal Utilities Authority and Board of Education. The amount was the highest of any participating school per-capita and in total North Bergen schools recycled over 86,000 pounds of paper, or 43 tons. All of the paper will be recycled rather than sent to a landfill, which will not only help the environment but will also generate revenue for the township in recycling tonnage fees. The North Bergen MUA will be treating Kennedy School students to a victory party in September to recognize their achievement and will also be donating a Smart Board to the school as part of the contest.
“I would like to congratulate the students at Kennedy School, their environmental coordinator Joyce Cuervo and all the students and faculty members throughout our district for their efforts in promoting paper recycling,” said Mayor Nick Sacco.
“Many people still don’t know that nearly all kinds of paper can and should be recycled and that’s why it’s important to hold events like this contest to raise awareness and promote recycling in our community.”
According to the MUA, over 34 million tons of paper that could be recycled ends up in landfills every year throughout the country. This leads to more unnecessary consumption of natural resources — in fact each ton of paper that is recycled instead of thrown away saves 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 463 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space and enough energy to heat an average home for six months.
“Paper recycling is vitally important for both conservation and to help ease the burden on North Bergen taxpayers,” said MUA Executive Director Frank Pestana. “While the MUA and the township must pay dumping fees on garbage, we actually receive money in recycling tonnage fees on paper. Thus, every piece of paper that gets recycled instead of thrown out in North Bergen saves our taxpayers real money.”
Both the Board of Commissioners and the MUA are urging all North Bergen residents to join the paper recycling effort by making sure to recycle their mail, folders, newspapers, magazines, catalogs, phone books, scrap paper, tissue boxes and clean cereal and food boxes. To see more information about recycling and check pickup schedules by address visit the NBMUA’s website.
About the NBMUA:
The North Bergen Municipal Utilities Authority (NBMUA), provides wastewater collection and treatment services as well as solid waste and recycling services in order to protect the public safety, welfare, and health of residents within it’s assigned areas. The NBMUA dedicates itself to the highest standard of performance and is committed to providing cost efficient services.For more information visit the NBMUA’s website: http://www.nbmua.com/.