MONTVILLE, NJ – Better buy more garbage cans. You’re going to have to keep the paper in a separate can from the bottles.

As reported in the fall by TAPinto Montville, Montville Township’s garbage collection company, Suburban Disposal, has informed the township that it will no longer accept cans, bottles and paper in the same garbage cans, thereby forcing residents to once again separate their recycling into separate receptacles. The reason cited at the Oct. 16 township committee meeting by Township Administrator Victor Canning was that the company’s China recycling buyers did not want what he termed contaminated recycling, such as paper with liquid on it, and were charging the company a premium as a result, which would be passed on to the township.

So residents must sort the items before putting them at the curb, and only one type of recycling will be accepted per week starting on Feb. 6. On that date, bottles, cans and plastic containers with the numbers 1, 2 and 5 will be collected only. This includes aluminum cans, glass bottles, metal soup cans, shelf stable cartons, and plastic containers like soda, ketchup and syrup bottles. All items must be rinsed and free of residue. Don’t put out any pots or pans, rubber hoses, fencing, shower curtains or light bulbs, because those will not be accepted. Neither will coat hangers, aerosol cans, paint cans, pool liners, toys, PVC pipe, any plastic items without a number on them, or nursery trays for plants.

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On Feb. 13, paper and cardboard will be collected throughout the township, such as newspapers, magazines, phone books, brown paper bags and junk mail. However, no pizza boxes or other boxes with food residue. Also note that wax-coated food and drink containers such as half-gallon milk cartons should go into plastic-glass-bottle recycling and should not be recycled with paper. The items should not be placed in plastic bags, and no styrofoam™ will be accepted.

Most especially, do not put out bags of plastic bags, as those will be left at your curb.

From then on, the recycling will follow an alternating schedule of pickup, except for Christmas Day, which is a Wednesday this year. That date has been moved to Saturday, Dec. 28, the only time a missed pickup will be moved in 2019. 

Assistant Township Administrator June Hercek said the township plans to purchase recycling containers using recycling tonnage grant funds, and distribute them to residents during the Saturday morning electronics recycling and paper shredding events. Stay tuned to TAPinto Montville for the dates of these events, which typically are held in May, September and November.

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