Press Release

For Immediate Release: October 21, 2016

Union County Introduces New Recycling Robot

Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen and Freeholders Mohamed S. Jalloh and Angel G. Estrada meet Curby the recycling robot. (Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)

Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen and Freeholders Mohamed S. Jalloh and Angel G. Estrada meet Curby the recycling robot. (Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to introduce Curby the Recycling Robot – the newest educational tool aimed at encouraging our local communities to recycle.  Union County’s new fun and interactive recycling robot is part of an overall effort to help Union County achieve the 50% state-mandated recycling rate. 

“In one of the most densely populated counties in the state, it’s especially important for each of us to understand how human behavior impacts the environment,” said Freeholder Chairman, Bruce H. Bergen. “Curby is an engaging tool to promote increased recycling efforts by delivering a message of environmental awareness and litter prevention throughout the county.”  

Curby is a fully animated recycling robot – he moves, speaks, listens and plays sounds and music.  His mouth lights up  in sync with the operators voice, his arms move up and down, his hands open and close, his eyes and eyebrows are fully functional and his lid rises and falls. 

Curby can talk trash with recycling facts and animation that leaves a uniquely memorable impression with those who interact with the robot. Offering a variety of dynamic recycling presentations and interactions that are almost unlimited, Curby increases recycling education participation levels and environmental awareness.

A service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Curby is the newest member of the Union County Bureau of Recycling & Planning through the Department of Engineering, Public Works and Facilities Management. For more information about Union County’s recycling program visit ucnj.org/recycle.

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