DENVILLE, NJ -- The Denville Township Council unanimously approved a three-year contract with Gaeta Recycling Co. Inc., from Paterson, for municipal refuse collection and recycling services at its Nov 12 meeting.

“The major modification is that following a growing trend related to the virtual collapse of the international recycling commodities market, the township is switching from single stream recycling to dual stream recycling, effective Jan 1, 2020,” said Business Administrator Steve Ward.

“In doing so, the township is actually enhancing service by providing for weekly recycling collection (rotating one week, commingled [materials (e.g., glass, plastic, aluminum)], the next week, [mixed] paper products [(e.g., newspaper, cardboard, paper)]), whereas currently we provide only every other week single stream collection.”

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“The bid, which was opened publicly on Oct 1, 2019, contained a variety of options and alternatives, including doing weekly single stream collection. However, all other options would have required an immediate increase to the $80 quarterly garbage and recycling fee billed to residents. The dual stream option enabled us to provide enhanced service and not have to increase use fees in 2020 or potentially 2021, assuming tonnage trends remain stable.”

According to a press release, although commodities such as recycled glass, plastic and aluminum have virtually no value on the recycling market, one product has retained and even increased in value. That product is mixed paper (e.g., cardboard and paper). With the advent of online shopping and delivery services, there is a growing need from online retailer for recycled paper and cardboard paper. The value of paper, if not mixed with commingled items, retains a much higher value on the market, which translates into a lower collection cost for the township and its residents. The township structures its recycling contract to be a fixed rate contract. Therefore, even if the mixed paper commodity falls in price, the township is locked in at a fixed price over  the three-year term of the contract and will not be subject to surcharges by the vendor.

The recycling center will also convert from single stream to dual stream. The recycling center is open Mondays to Fridays (7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.), Saturdays (8 a.m.-2 p.m.) and Sundays (10 a.m.-2 p.m.).

Trash collection will remain the same and is scheduled to be collected twice per week; north of U.S. Highway 46 (Tuesday and Friday) and south of U.S. Highway 46 (Monday and Thursday). No trash will be collected on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Denville picks up of metal materials every Wednesday by appointment only. To schedule a pick-up, call no later than 11 a.m., at 973-625-8334.


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