WEST ORANGE, NJ - West Orange township approved the new Refuse and Recycling contract with Suburban Disposal at the August 22 Town Council meeting. In addition to the expected $1.09 million dollars in savings over the course of the five year contract, recycling for West Orange residents has just gotten a whole lot easier.
Beginning Sept. 9, West Orange begins "Single Stream Recycling." Single Stream recycling is also known as "fully commingled" or "single sort" recycling. Until now, West Orange residents followed an alternating schedule of recycling pickups. One week was paper, newspapers, paperboard - e.g., cereal boxes), soft cover books, and corrugated cardboard (separately bound); and the following week was plastics, metals (e.g.. tin, aluminum, and steel).
Now, on the first day of a resident's weekly refuse pickup (Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday depending on your zone), ALL recycling items can be 'commingled' together in a bin placed out at the curb.
Single compartment trucks will be used to collect both refuse and recycling (though not at the same time). Recycling will then be sorted at Suburban's recovery facility, where they will be processed and shipped out for use in the manufacture of other products. Pickups will be weekly for all items.
#6 Styrofoam and Styrene products are not allowed for inclusion in recycling efforts.
It is recommended that residents purchase a good sized recycling tub or container with handles. The bottles, cans and plastic containers should be rinsed out and cardboard boxes should be flattened and placed in a pile if they are too large to fit in the recycling container. Residents may continue to separate items but they will all be placed in the recycling truck together. Both refuse and recycling needs to be out by the curb before 6 a.m. on the day of pickup. Items may be placed out at the curb after 7 p.m. the evening before.
Recycling is mandatory in West Orange and state mandates require the recycling to be separated from refuse (trash and garbage). Now that residents can place their commingled recycling out at the same time as their first refuse pickup of the week, recycling schedules are no long necessary and it is hoped more residents will participate. It is also a big benefit to the environment, with recycled items re-used in other manufactured products.
Residents may continue to bring their recycling to the West Orange Environmental Center located at 590 Mt. Pleasant Avenue. If residents choose this option, they must continue to separate out their recyclables. They may not be commingled.
Visit the town website at www.westorange.org; call the Health Department at 973-325-4120; or contact the Department of Public Works at 973-325-4067 for more detailed information.