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Waste Management, the end market for Millburn’s single-stream recyclables, has notified the Township of the continued contamination of plastic bags in the recycling stream. On May 15th, 10% of our recycling load was deemed contaminated due to the prevalence of recyclables placed in plastic bags. Plastic bags cannot be recycled in single-stream facilities; Waste Management diverts the bags and their contents to a landfill, and can assess a $175 per ton fee on loads containing excess contamination.
Giordano Co., the Township’s waste and recycling hauler, has informed us that residents are placing plastic bags at the bottom of their recycling cans. Their employees have been instructed to leave containers that contain plastic bags at the curb, including those with bags at the bottom.
Bottles & cans, mixed paper, cardboard, and glass can all be recycled in single-stream collections. Items must be placed loosely, clean, and dry in a reusable container. For more information visit twp.millburn.nj.us/recycling.