BELMAR, NJ — Belmar officials have been notified by Delisa Waste Services that it will no longer pick up recyclables that are “contaminated”— that means mixed with unrecyclable items, such as food waste, take-out food containers including pizza boxes and all types of plastic bags.

While all recyclables are to be placed loosely in one bin for curbside pick-up on Wednesdays, plastic bags of any kind — even the flimsy, single-use variety — are prohibited from being mixed in. Also, recyclables that are placed in either large clear or opaque plastic bags will not be collected, according to a Delisa representative.

Plastic bags are notorious for jamming the processing equipment at recycling centers, causing damage to the machinery and resulting in higher disposals costs.

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Because Tinton Falls-based Delisa will be enforcing is “zero tolerance” policy, any recycling bin containing prohibited items will not be taken.

Recyclables include all paper, cardboard, glass, cans and plastics marked with codes 1 through 7. To learn more about New Jersey’s recycling rules — and what is and is not recyclable — click here to view Monmouth County’s Recycling Guidepdf.

In addition to curbside collection on Wednesdays, the borough’s recycling center, located off West Railroad Avenue from 16th Avenue is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The use of the facility is for Belmar residents only. Upon arrival, please be prepared to show the attendant proof of residency. A current driver's license with your present address and/or any of the following items that must indicate a current date: car registration or insurance card, or a household bill (telephone or cable).

Click here to visit the borough’s website for additional information.

For more information about recycling, call the public works department at 732-681-0452 or email DPW@belmar.com. Delisa Waste Services can be contacted at 732-988-2525.

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