Berkeley Township paid less in tipping fees at the Ocean County Landfill during the last half of 2013, thanks to the township's participation in the county Recycling Revenue Sharing Program, Mayor Carmen F. Amato Jr. said on the township website.
Berkeley collected 1,875 tons of recyclables between July 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2013. Since the payout per ton during this time was $12.27, Berkeley received $22,996, the mayor said.
The township began an automated "robo" recycling program in the Pinewald section of Bayville in 2012, as part of a five-year transition program. That has expanded to Bayville Park, Sylvan Lakes and Sonata Bay, he said.
"These robo cans will only be transitioned in Bayville, not in Holiday City and Silver Ridge Park," Amato said on the township website..
Recyling tonnage has increased in the Pinewald section since the "robo" can program began, he said.
"For every ton of recycling we save $81 in tipping fees and receive 50 percent of the profits from the county in recycling revenue," Amato said. "This program will also allow us to redistribute manpower, as with automated recycling pick up, we only need one on a truck instead of two."
Ocean County and the township converted to single-stream recycling several years ago. That means that bottles, cans, newspapers, mixed paper and cardboard all go in the same container.
"I know as a community we can do better," Amato said. "Let's all pitch in and do our part to recycle, reduce landfill costs and generate revenue."
All of Ocean County's 33 municipalities send their trash and recyclables to the privately-owned Ocean County Landfill in Manchester Township.