Frequently we get pitches for anniversary stories. Since this newspaper is currently celebrating its 20th year of existence, we can empathize with a company that has achieved a chronological milestone, but we generally don’t do anniversary stories.

Nevertheless, sometimes the original press release can turn into a U.S. 1 story anyway for another reason. Case in point, HACBM’s Steve Heckel wrote a letter pitching an anniversary story that, by itself, made an unlikely article for U.S. 1. But in his letter was news that his architectural firm would be moving to new, expanded space. Bingo. All of the statistics that Heckel cited could be used – not for the anniversary, but for the expansion. See page 49.

To the Editor: Does Recycling Pay?

When the "Statewide Mandatory Source Separation and Recycling Act" was passed in 1987, it set a goal of recycling 50 percent of New Jersey’s municipal solid waste. Until 1995 we did pretty well – the percentage of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) we recycled grew steadily, to a high of 45 percent in 1995. Since then, however, we have been backsliding. Is recycling really worth all the effort?

Considering the environmental and economic benefits, the answer is a resounding ‘Yes!’ In NJ alone:

Recycling has produced over 27,000 private sector jobs;

Paper recycling saves nearly 10 million trees; compared to converting virgin raw material to paper, recycling saves nearly 700 million gallons of gas and produces nearly 135,000 less tons of air and water pollutants;

Recycling plastics reduces the nation’s demands for petroleum, a raw material used in production; every ton of recycled plastic reduces greenhouse gas emissions by almost 1.5 tons; and compared to producing new plastic, recycling takes almost negligible amounts of energy;

Over 2,000 businesses depend on materials we separate for recycling; recycling a ton of solid waste produces three times the number of jobs simply disposing of those materials produces; approximately 7,000 new jobs would be created if we reach the goal of recycling 50 percent of municipal solid waste;

Even complex items like computers and electronics can be recycled (www.nrc-recycle.org/resources/electronics/managing.htm)

There are serious consequences and lost opportunities from not having robust recycling in NJ.

Michele S. Byers

NJ Conservation Foundation

Thanks for creating and maintaining a high degree of excellence for local journalism. I always look forward to reading your paper. Additionally, I think you’ve done a terrific job with your website (www.princetoninfo.com), making all the content of the paper available in easy to read text (vs. those heavily laden with needless graphics). The links and information you provide to folks in the Princeton area are invaluable.

Gerry Jurrens

Kingston

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