Mayor John Ducey and the Township Council honored Brick Township Recycling Coordinator Trish Totaro at the November 1 Council Meeting for her receiving an award for Outstanding Achievement in Recycling by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Ms. Totaro has been working extensively with Councilman Jim Fozman to increase recycling participation and awareness in Brick Township.
“Recycling is so important to the community. In addition to the environmental benefits, recycling saves the township significant money in landfill tipping fees. That’s why educating residents is so important and Trish has been doing an outstanding job,” said Mayor Ducey. “I commend Trish and Councilman Fozman for their hard work and their success in getting more people to recycle.”
Over the past two years, Ms. Totaro has introduced several new programs and contests designed to educate the community – particularly schoolchildren – about the benefits of recycling. Recently, she coordinated a contest to design a mascot for the Township’s recycling efforts, the winner of which will be revealed in the near future.
Ms. Totaro and Councilman Fozman have also reached out to the business community to educate business owners and to encourage them to recycling. They also recently unveiled the Pitfalls of Plastic Program. This program encourages residents to find alternatives to plastic shopping bags and educates residents about proper disposal of plastic bags when used. Plastic bags are not recyclable and should not be thrown in blue recycling cans. The bags costs the County well over $1,000,000 a year in labor, lost productivity and maintenance every year as they get caught in screening and sorting machinery at the County’s recycling facilities.