NEW JERSEY (AP) New Jersey is getting ready to launch a nationwide rollout of a $6 billion initiative to transform its nation’s most environmentally friendly building materials.
The state’s environmental agency announced Monday that it would launch a statewide program to install 1,000 recycled, compostable plastic water bottles in the state’s largest city.
The New Jersey Building Code is among the nation’s largest and has led to the installation of more than 10 million recycled, recyclable, composting, glass and aluminum water bottles statewide.
The program will start next month and will help the state recycle about 25 percent of its municipal water supplies, the state said in a news release.
It will also create a recycling program for residents, who can recycle their own bottles and cans.
A recycling program will also be set up in the towns of Bridgeton, Gloucester and Trenton.
The agency said the initiative will reduce the city of Gloucester’s use of the city’s old water tanks by nearly 40 percent.
Bridgewater, which is located on the Atlantic Ocean, also announced it would begin recycling its water in 2019, but said it still needs to replace about 3,000 old tanks.
The water bottles will be installed in five new city buildings in Newark, which have been redesigned to reduce air pollution.
The Newark Water Department has been trying to reduce emissions from its facilities by about 25,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.
The city said it is the first to install the program, which it expects to cost about $3 million.
New Jersey has a reputation for being a state that is environmentally friendly.
It is the only state to be ranked in the top 10 in the country in carbon emissions per capita.