Governments, institutions, and commercial establishments (retail, restaurant, offices, warehousing, construction sites, etc.) must recycle the following materials:
• Aluminum cans
• Glass bottles and jars
• Steel cans
• Plastic Bottles with #1 code or #2 code found on the bottom
• Mixed paper (magazines, office paper, junk mail)
• Corrugated cardboard
• Motor oil
• Masonry/paving material (asphalt, block, brick, cinder, and concrete) *
• Rechargeable batteries (Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion) and Small Sealed Lead (Pb)) *
• Tires *
• White goods (washers, dryers, ranges, refrigerators, air conditioners) *
• Electronics * (televisions, CPU's, monitors, laptops, and mercury-containing devices)
• Fluorescent bulbs *
• Plastic film - only for warehouses, retail establishments and supermarkets with 25 or more employees*
• Wood scrap - only for new construction sites *
* Common examples of code #1& #2 plastics include but are not limited to: water, soda, milk, and juice bottles, laundry detergent and most toiletry bottles. Be sure to check for the recycling symbol on the bottom of your plastic containers. The number inside of the recycling symbol indicates the type of plastic.
Environmental Health Inspection Program
You are probably aware that the Middlesex County Public Health Department is continuing their successful recycling inspection program. Inspectors visit every business establishment in every municipality as well as multifamily units to ensure their compliance with the Recycling Act and County Solid Waste Management Plan.
Mixing your garbage and recyclables in one container without a proper recycling exemption means that your business is in non-compliance with the Recycling Act. Although the overall goal of the program is to educate businesses and multifamily units to recycle, a notice of violation and fine may be issued to repeat offenders of any recycling requirements.
Questions about the Inspection Program can be directed to 732-745-8492.