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Green is the word in Wall

February 2, 2011

Wall Township is turning green.

Not the color, but the other kind of green — the township is becoming more and more environmentally friendly this year.

In recent months, Wall High School went paperless, and the entire school district quickly followed suit, saving reams and reams of paper. The district’s e-backpack system, accessed through its website, allows parents and community members to view information without harming the environment.

Allenwood Elementary School just received notification that it won a grant from Walmart and TerraCycle for its environmental initiatives. The school will be rewarded, to the tune of $10,000. Among other efforts, cafeteria trash was reduced from 10, 55-gallon trash bags each day to only two.

Now, the Wall Township Committee has set an April 1 goal for implementing a single-stream recycling program in town. Using equipment and manpower already available, residents will be able to recycle nearly all their household waste that has not touched food products. The committee has estimated the move to single-stream recycling will also bring significant savings to the town.

Based on estimates from towns already using single-stream recycling, Wall could save anywhere from 25 percent [a conservative estimate] to 40 percent in garbage-tipping fees, which amount to around $1.2 million each year. Tinton Falls is one municipality that has been successfully using a single-stream recycling program since March 2010.

For the full story on Allenwood School’s grant, as well as single-stream recycling, check out the Feb. 3 edition of The Coast Star. More discussion on single-stream recycling took place during this evening’s meeting of the Wall Township Committee, which will be covered in the Feb. 10 edition of the paper.

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