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Business Recycling

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 milk, water, soda and laundry bottles
  • Newspaper
  • Mixed paper (magazines, office paper, junk mail)
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Leaves
  • Brush
  • Motor oil
  • Textiles
  • 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 *

* indicates newly mandated item. New mandates take effect December 1, 2007.

Public Health Department 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 the Public Health Department at 732-745-8492.

Business Tools
(provided at the November 2007 business seminar)

Links for Businesses from NJDEP's Sondra Flite (in acrobat format)
Division of Solid Waste Management presentation (in acrobat format)
Public Health Department presentation (in acrobat format)
Vendor List (in acrobat format)
Markets Directory (in acrobat format)
Business Recycling Brochure (in acrobat format)
Municipal Recycling Coordinators (in acrobat format)