Recycling in NJ is a mandate for everyone! The NJ Department of Environmental Protection is taking a firm stand on recycling in 2020 – business, school, agency, institution, and resident (including multi-family dwellings) – no exceptions.
Residents in Cumberland County can now combine all recycling materials in one container! Recycle plastics #1 & #2, steel/tin, aluminum, glass, newspapers, magazines, cartons, beverage/food containers, clean cardboard and other paper (no need to tie or bundle paper). As more and more packaging is recyclable, it’s up to each of us to dispose of these items properly and keep as much out of the trash stream as possible. Remember to rinse out any liquids before putting bottles or cans in the recycling bin.
Knowing what not to recycle is just as important. Check out the Cumberland County recycling guidelines for more information! Keep plastic bags out of your recycling bin. They are major issues for recycling centers as they contaminate the other items in the recycling bin and jam separating machinery. Did you know plastic bags can be brought back to your local retailer? Many stores have plastic bag drop-off in front of their stores. Shredded paper is not accepted curbside, but paper can be brought to our Household Hazardous Waste and Document Shredding events to be shredded. You can find more information on our Household Hazardous Waste and Document Shredding Day here. Styrofoam, ceramics, and bulk plastic are not recyclable.
If your business, school, agency, institution, or single/multifamily residents are not recycling, please contact your municipal recycling coordinator for assistance in getting on track with this state mandate.