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NJ needs to follow Middletown lead on recycling Styrofoam


Letter to the editor
Published 5:00 a.m. ET Aug. 1, 2020


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Asbury Park Press

Congratulation to Middletown Mayor Tony Perry for purchasing the first Styrofoam recycling machine in New Jersey. In just six months the township’s recycling center “collected enough foam material to fill 18 tractor trailers,” Perry said.

The recycling machine makes all the foam material reusable. The mayor also found a market for the reusable Styrofoam right here in New Jersey. 

His guest column in the July 17 issue of Asbury Park Press gives us a ray of hope. This is great news for Monmouth County, but there are 20 more counties in New Jersey still sending all the packaging materials, arriving with every large item purchased, to landfills. 

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We need a centralized, comprehensive solution to our state’s recycling crisis. 

Going piecemeal, one county after another, would take forever. How many more refrigerators, washing machines, furniture and TVs will be delivered to homes wrapped in Styrofoam before we run out of landfills? 

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Mayor Perry shows us the way to go, but we need a state official with dedication, determination and stamina to make it work for the entire state of New Jersey. 

Gemma Major


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