City of New Brunswick Recycling Coordinator Donna Caputo was recently named as the 2017 recipient of the Recycling Excellence (REX) Award from the Association of New Jersey Recyclers (ANJR).
The REX Award is given each year to an active ANJR member who, according to the organization, “embraces the vision and values of ANJR (and) promotes the goals of ANJR through action and advocacy,” according to the organization. “They must maintain professional standards, and act responsibly. The recipient must also be well versed on the issues of recycling and solid waste.”
Donna has been involved in recycling organizations and advocacy statewide while putting forward years of effort, planning and creativity to promoting proper recycling and eco-friendly practices in the City of New Brunswick.
She is responsible for dissemination of recycling information throughout the City of New Brunswick and aids residents and businesses in fostering clean and proper habits for proper disposal of trash and recycling.
In addition to serving as Recycling Coordinator for the City of New Brunswick’s Department of Public Works, she is also our Clean Communities Coordinator, overseeing all litter cleanups in the City of New Brunswick. Working with community groups like Unity Square, Rutgers University and New Brunswick Public Schools, these partnerships have cleaned thousands of pounds of trash and recycling from our City streets.
Just last week, more than a ton of litter and 885 pounds of recycling was removed from our neighborhoods through three community cleanups hosted by the New Brunswick Environmental Commission, Unity Square and the Esperanza Neighborhood Project, in conjunction with the City of New Brunswick.
“Donna’s dedication to a clean and eco-conscious community is evident in the fruits of her labor,” said Mayor Jim Cahill. “Her recognition for recycling excellence is richly deserved. Donna is a true and outstanding professional. We are fortunate to have the benefit of her service and proud of her accomplishments.”
The City of New Brunswick has expanded its resources to ease the process of proper trash and recycling disposal for its residents, including the adoption of our free MyWaste app for residents to utilize, promotion of our “Use Bins, Not Bags,” information campaign and weekly giveaways of free leaf bags in the fall.
Donna also oversees the City’s Block Captains program, a program that provides supplies and support to residents so they can hold litter cleanups in their neighborhoods.
All residents are encouraged to sign up to serve as Block Captains to help keep the City of New Brunswick clean and green.
For more information on trash, recycling and Clean Communities programs in the City of New Brunswick, please click here.