Senator Eldridge, Representatives Gregoire and Naughton Announce $3,200 Inaugural Recycling Dividends Program for Northborough

NORTHBOROUGH–Senator Eldridge (D-Acton) and Representatives Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough) and Harold Naughton (D-Clinton) announced that the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection awarded Northborough $3,200 for the new Recycling Dividends Program (RDP), which will help cities and towns maximize their current recycling, composting and waste reduction programs.

The RDP payments can be utilized for things such as new recycling bins or carts, public education and outreach campaigns, collection of hard-to-recycle items and establishment of recycling programs in schools, municipal buildings and other public spaces.

“I applaud the strong leadership of the Patrick Administration for securing funding to help strengthen recycling programs in the Town of Northborough, as well as communities across the Commonwealth,” said Senator Eldridge (D-Acton). “This initiative meets the requirement of the Green Communities Act, alleviates overflowing landfills and helps reduce costs for cities and towns.”

“I have always been a staunch advocate for recycling,” said Representative Gregoire. “If our communities are to succeed in contributing to the future health of our environment, we must educate citizens on how they can make the most of existing programming. With this funding we hope to enhance awareness and interest in environmental preservation through recycling.”

“I am thrilled that the Town of Northborough will receive this crucial RDP funding as it will undoubtedly help reduce the amount of trash and waste that ends up in our environment,” said Representative Naughton. “The efforts of this new cost effective initiative through the Department of Environmental Protection, along with policies outlined in the Green Communities Act passed by the Legislature in 2008, reflects Massachusetts’ commitment to creating a greener and more sustainable environment for cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth.”

The RDP is the newest initiative under MassDEP’s Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP), which was created under the Green Communities Act, which Governor Patrick signed in 2008. The Act requires that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Waste Energy Certificates (WEC) be directed to recycling programs approved by MassDEP. The WEC payments received by MassDEP are deposited into the SMRP Expendable Trust, which is used to fund grants, technical assistance and education to help communities, businesses and institutions increase recycling and reduce waste.

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