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Vol. 22 No. 2 Fall 2012

 

FEATURE ARTICLE

Promoting Sustainability & P2 Across Sectors

PROGRAM UPDATES

Click on the links below for information and updates on key activities that programs in these states have been focusing on.

Connecticut
Maine
Massachusetts
New Hampshire
New York
Rhode Island
Vermont
EPA Region 1
EPA Region 2
NEWMOA

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PROGRAM UPDATES
New Jersey

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)

Urban Recycling Summit
Since 1987, New Jersey has required residents, businesses, and institutions to recycle, in an effort to save space in overburdened landfills, cut waste disposal costs, and protect the State’s natural resources.  Statistics show that urban communities often achieve less success in their recycling efforts than suburban areas.  NJDEP and the New Jersey Solid Waste Advisory Council (SWAC) co-hosted an Urban Recycling Summit in June to:

During the Summit, participants were encouraged to highlight the biggest barriers to their success and discuss their methods for meeting urban recycling challenges.  Those barriers included the challenges brought on by the number of foreign languages spoken in urban centers; unique issues associated with multi-family units and senior housing; difficulties communicating and enforcing the State’s new electronic waste recycling requirements; adequately defining the role of the Certified Recycling Coordinator (CRP); and lack of coordination within municipal government.  Participants were able to share information and ideas and give NJDEP and the SWAC a better understanding of the on-the-ground recycling situation. 

The urban recycling coordinators also discussed their ideas for what NJDEP could do to help boost recycling rates.  These included the development of education, outreach, and enforcement support materials and documentation of the benefits of recycling (e.g., model ordinances, videos, and Public Service Announcements), as well as assistance in coordinating and engaging various associations and trade groups to develop best management practices.  NJDEP is considering this input as it determines its next steps. 

For more information, contact Guy Watson.

 

Materials Accounting Data
The Release and Pollution Prevention Report (RPPR), administered by NJDEP, includes data on toxic chemical throughput, multi-media environmental releases, on-site waste management, and off-site transfers on an annual basis.  Collectively, this information is referred to as materials accounting and is intended to provide a complete picture of toxic and hazardous substances used at industrial facilities in NJ.

Materials accounting data identify the quantity of toxic chemicals involved in each step of the process – from chemicals transported through communities to an industrial facility, to the manufacture of intermediate and final products at the site, to chemicals shipped off-site as (or in) products or as wastes, and to chemicals released into the environment.  This reporting has led to a better understanding of the various uses of toxic chemicals at industrial facilities and the potential for these chemicals to impact communities.

Data was collected from 381 facilities with 1,449 substance reports, as of September 27, 2012.
The following provides a summary of RPPR data for 2011 (in pounds).

Starting Inventory

637,881,128

Starting Inventory as Non-Product Output (NPO)

1,771,226

Produced Onsite

7,789,914,792

Brought Onsite

9,119,709,071

Brought Onsite as Recycled

7,815,765

Consumed

2,444,399,153

Shipped as (or in) Product

14,351,170,311

Ending Inventory

651,223,496

Ending Inventory as NPO

1,742,094

Total NPO

171,558,066

Ending Inventory as NPO minus Starting Inventory as NPO

-29,132

Onsite Releases

11,069,814

Stack Air Emissions

1,835,812

Fugitive Air Emissions

434,033

Surface Water Discharges

8,698,840

Groundwater Discharges

9

Land Disposal Onsite

101,120

Onsite Management

116,986,748

Recycled and Reused Onsite

30,959,480

Energy Recovered Onsite

1,811,733

Destroyed Onsite

84,215,535

Offsite Transfers

43,530,636

POTW Discharges

13,173,470

Waste Transfer – Recycling

15,747,774

Waste Transfer – Energy Recovery

8,104,941

Waste Transfer – Treatment

3,849,753

Waste Transfer – Disposal

2,654,195

Total Substance Use (Throughput)

16,967,127,530