SOMERVILLE, NJ - All businesses, institutions and commercial establishments in Somerset County are required to file the annual Recycling Tonnage Reports as required by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection by March 1.

The DEP requires all commercial entities be responsible for the separation and proper disposal of mandatory recyclable materials, such as newspapers, magazines, chipboard, glass and aluminum containers, corrugated cardboard, steel and tin cans, plastic bottles, mixed paper, motor oil, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, tires, electronic and yard waste. 

Reports can be submitted to local municipal recycling coordinators or through the Somerset County Solid Waste Management Division.

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If submitting through SWM, businesses can complete the tonnage report and return it via U.S. mail to the Somerset County Solid Waste Management Division, 20 Grove St., Somerville, NJ 08876 or by fax to 908-707-1749; email to Melissa Harvey at harvey@co.somerset.nj.us after scanning the document; or complete and electronically submit  the report online at www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle or  http://bit.ly/TonReport.

Tonnage reports submitted through SWM will be given to municipalities for inclusion in their annual recycling report to the NJDEP.

Organizations that are just starting to set up a recycling system should contact their solid waste hauler for recycling information and cost estimates and their municipal recycling coordinator for recommendations on setting up a system. Organizations also should establish policies and educate their employees about recycling.  

Somerset County businesses wishing to use county recycling services, can contact the Somerset County Recycling Center at 732-469-3363 orrecycling@co.somerset.nj.us  for details about the program and its cost.   

The NJDEP requires that the Somerset County Department of Health conduct inspections at local businesses and institutions to verify compliance with mandatory recycling rules.  Inspections are made throughout the year.   

For more information about the recycling tonnage reporting requirement or about where to file a report, contact Melissa Harvey atharvey@co.somerset.nj.us or 908-231-7109.