The Middlesex County Environmental Health Division conducts recycling inspections on a daily basis to ensure compliance with our recycling laws. The recycling generator compliance regulations are set forth in the Middlesex County Solid Waste Plan. The division is responsible for inspecting over 10,000 sites throughout the county.
Middlesex County is recognized as one of the top counties in the nation for its recycling efforts. We are grateful for the efforts of our residents and business owners. By recycling we help protect our environment, save tax dollars, and lower disposal costs.
The Middlesex County Environmental Health Division conducts inspections at all Middlesex County businesses including retail stores, malls, restaurants, offices, warehouses, factories, schools, parks, apartment buildings, condominium complexes, townhouses, and other locations.
The current list of mandated recyclable materials includes the following:
► Office paper ► Mixed Paper
► Newspaper ► Cardboard
► Glass ► Aluminum
► Plastic ► Steel-containers
► Yard-waste ► Textiles
► Tires ► Plastic film (non-residential large quantity generators)
► Scrap wood (from construction sites) ► White goods electronics (non-residential)
► Florescent-bulbs (non-residential) ► Rechargeable batteries
► Masonry and paving materials
To be in compliance with the regulations, businesses must have a system in place to handle all mandated recyclables you generate. All containers used for the storage or collection of recyclables, both inside the facility and outside, must be clearly labeled. It is not permissible to mix recyclables with non-recyclable waste. The size and quantity of all containers must be adequate to handle the volume of material your business generates. Containers should not be overflowing onto the ground nor should excess material be placed in the wrong container. To encourage compliance and prevent unsanitary conditions, the recycling and waste storage areas must be neatly maintained.
The number and locations of the containers should be such that the system is convenient for those who use it. Generally, locations provided with trash containers should also be provided with recycling containers in order to discourage noncompliance due to cross contamination.
Landlords are responsible for compliance by tenants on commercial and residential properties for which the landlord provides the waste collection services.
Generators found to be in non-compliance during routine inspections are given a Notice of Non-Compliance by the inspector. These generators are subject to follow-up inspections until compliance is achieved. The Program continues to conduct follow-up inspections on a cycle independent of routine inspections, resulting in more timely follow-ups and faster achievement of compliance.
Generators who are in repeated non-compliance may be issued Notices of Violation and Penalty Assessments as set forth in the Solid Waste Management Plan.