M.C. Green

​Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios (left) watches students work on M.C. Green at MCVTS, East Brunswick campus. Also pictured are class instructor Stephen Mercadante (second from right) and H. James Polos, MCIA Executive Director.​ ​

M.C. Green, Middlesex County’s beloved recycling robot, has been rebooted and is ready to hit the streets to teach residents of the importance of protecting the environment and to promote responsible recycling practices in Middlesex County.

The rehabbed tech-centric robot was unveiled this week at the Middlesex County Vo-Tech School’s (MCVTS) East Brunswick campus. The seven students involved in the project were joined by Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios, Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools Superintendent Dianne Veilleux, and MCVTS-East Brunswick campus Principal Michael Cappiello. M.C. Green is also slated to appear at the Middlesex County Freeholder meeting on June 6 and at the Celebrate Middlesex County Event on June 8.

Originally introduced in 1997, M.C. Green is the third generation of Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA) operated robots and has undergone a technological transformation. Previously known as M.C. Blue, for its recycling promotions, M.C. Green also has a new name to reflect it’s expanded capabilities to teach about environmental sustainability. M.C. Green now features a touch screen which will allow for enhanced learning and internet-based games which can be played by multiple people at once through their smart phones.

“We are proud that this upgrade was done in-house by our talented students at the Vo-tech school,” said Freeholder Rios. “These new features allow for an entertaining, interactive learning experience that reiterates the importance of the environment for our next generation of recyclers.”

The entertaining recycling robot has reached over 250,000 Middlesex residents since his inception, with its primary spectators being children.

“This program is available free of charge to schools, civic and business organizations, senior citizen clubs, and often appears at public events such as Celebrate Middlesex Day. Programs can be tailored to the full spectrum of age groups, from preschoolers to seniors,” remarked H. James Polos, Executive Director of the Middlesex County Improvement Authority.

The current model of M.C. Green was purchased from a Texas based robotics company and is comprised of recycled aluminum and plastics. His wheel motors are also repurposed components, once used to operate windshield wipers.

If you see M.C. Green this summer, be prepared to play, interact, and take M.C. Green’s pledge:

1. Never Litter & Recycle Right

2. Be Aware of Your Consumption

3. Share Your Knowledge with Others

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