Senator Eldridge, Representative Hogan Announce $2,000 Inaugural Recycling Dividends Program for Hudson

HUDSON –Senator Eldridge (D-Acton) and Representative Kate Hogan (D-Stow) announced that the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection awarded Hudson $2,000 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 Hudson, 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.”

“The new Recycling Dividends Program helps to keep our community recycling programs on target,” said Representative Kate Hogan. “Whenever we bring smart environmental policy and our hardworking town programs together we all benefit.”

“This award is timely, since Hudson is currently exploring ways to increase our municipal recycling options,” said Town Executive Tom Moses. “Our residents bear 100% of the cost of trash removal, but benefit from free recycling. Increasing recycling percentage directly reduces costs for our citizens.”

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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