(TRENTON) – To encourage the purchase of recycled items, Assembly Democrats Sterley Stanley (D-Middlesex), Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), and Robert Karabinchak (D-Middlesex) sponsor legislation passed by the full Assembly on Thursday 68-6-1 that would help promote the use of recycled products in public projects.
The bill (A-2783) would allow New Jersey to lead by example and stimulate demand for products made with recycled content. This measure would also require that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) develop and update guidelines for State and local agencies when entering into contracts for the purchase of recycled goods.
Upon Assembly approval of the legislation, Stanley, Vainieri Huttle, and Karabinchak issued the following joint statement:
“There is a big market for recycled material that has been hit hard the past few years. This bill will spearhead the purchase of recycled contents in public projects and increase the overall market. Not only will it help the market further excel, but by using goods with a high percentage of recycled material, we can also further our goal toward a clean and healthy environment.