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Recycling Reminders for Montville Township Residents and Businesses: No Plastic Bags


MONTVILLE, NJ – According to the Montville Township Municipal Services Department, recycling tonnage has increased annually since the township moved to a single-stream recycling-curbside collection. 

However, the township has been advised by its solid waste hauler that some recyclers are using plastic bags of various sizes in their recycling bins. These plastic bags, such as grocery store bags, are not allowed and are not being accepted by the township’s recycling materials purchasers.  The township indicated that “if this material needs to be separated at the processing level, Montville Township will risk receiving added solid waste processing costs.” 

The recycling efforts of residents and businesses “have had a direct impact on reducing our overall solid waste costs,” as such the township is urging everyone to “please continue to recycle, but just leave the plastic bags out.”

Generally, acceptable recycling items include aluminum cans, plates, trays and foil; glass bottles and jars; plastic coded with a number “1” through “7”; steel or tin cans; newspaper; corrugated cardboard; and mixed paper, magazines, promotional mail and telephone books.  These items should have their tops removed, be rinsed out, and placed in a container at the curb. For further details about each of these and other recyclable materials and instructions on how to recycle these materials, click here.

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