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Solid Waste Resource Renewal Group Receives EPA Environmental Quality Award

In conjunction with Earth Day, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 has presented an Environmental Quality Award to the Solid Waste Resource Renewal Group (SWRRG) at Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.

April 24, 2009

New Brunswick, N.J.--In conjunction with Earth Day, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 has presented an Environmental Quality Award to the Solid Waste Resource Renewal Group (SWRRG) at Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.

The EPA recognized the SWRRG for "launching a food waste recycling industry in New Jersey that currently has commitments from major cities to develop and implement food waste recycle programs. These efforts will convert food scraps from waste into a resource and will help to create jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the state. Moreover, the Solid Waste Resource Renewal Group has worked extensively to initiate food recycling programs in school districts at several academic levels."

Priscilla Hayes, director of SWRRG, accepted the award, which was presented by EPA Acting Regional Administrator George Pavlou during a ceremony held at EPA Region 2 headquarters in New York City on April 24. Majora Carter, a past Environmental Quality Award recipient, was the keynote speaker. The EPA selects Environmental Quality Award winners in the categories of Environmental Education; Non-Profit Organization; Environmental or Community Group; Individual Citizen; Press and Media; and Business and Industry. The award is given to individuals or groups which have "made significant contributions to improving the environment and public health in EPA Region 2, which covers New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S Virgin Islands and seven federally recognized Indian Nations." Out of the 50 awards given, SWRRG was one of only six New Jersey recipients.

About the Solid Waste Resource Renewal Group
For over 10 years, the SWRRG at the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station had provided leadership and coordination in various innovative waste reduction and recycling focus areas, including food waste, computers, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury-containing devices, waste paint and green purchasing/environmentally preferable purchasing. Through the only New Jersey-wide food residuals recycling initiative, SWRRG has brought together waste generators, recyclers, and government to find optimal ways of diverting food waste away from methane production in landfills and into production of energy and soil amendments, which are vitally needed in the State and adjoining region. SWRRG has provided assistance, research and outreach to entrepreneurs and generators planning systems and other stakeholders. The SWRRG has also conducted numerous waste audits and facility visits, and provided events and presentations on this topic.
Contact: Priscilla E. Hayes
Director
Solid Waste Resource Renewal Group
732-932-9155, ext. 233
hayes@njaes.rutgers.edu


  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences