Have you seen these blue bins?

Blue recycling bins placed in Waterfront Park were purchased with funds from nationwide grant. Photo: Courtesy Borough of KeyportBlue recycling bins placed in Waterfront Park were purchased with funds from nationwide grant. Photo: Courtesy Borough of Keyport

KEYPORT — Borough officials won an $8,500 grant to place 20 blue recycling bins throughout the town’s parks.

So, use them. It will help keep your taxes down, seriously.

It breaks down like this: the borough pays to haul the trash away and it pays to dump the trash in a landfill. The cost of hauling the trash and dumping it was $211,500, explained Stephen Gallo, the borough administrator.

That doesn’t seem like a lot, but consider this: that’s about three cents on the municipal tax rate.

Meanwhile, the borough can earn money by selling certain recyclables like cardboard, Gallo said. The county and the state offer grants and awards to towns based on the volume they recycle.

The money to buy the bins came from The Dr. Pepper Snapple Group — purveyors of beverages in a variety of recyclable bottles and cans — and Keep America Beautiful nonprofit, which describes itself as “the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities.”

The beverage-charity team-up is in its third year, according to a joint statement from the company, charity and the borough. They have awarded grants that placed more than 2,500 bins in 33 states.

Keyport was one of 37 communities to win a grant in the nationwide contest this year.

The award was obtained through the grant writers at Caldwell-based Millenium Strategies, a borough contractor.

Editor’s note: This article was first published on Sunday without the figures provided by the borough administrator. The information he provided was added Tuesday.