MONTVILLE, NJ – Residents will be separating recyclables for the foreseeable future.

That’s the word from Assistant Township Administrator June Hercek, speaking at the Jan. 8 Montville Township Committee meeting.

The township’s recycling and waste disposal contract expires in Feb. 2020, she said, and “we heard from our contact at Suburban Disposal, who said we could get two bids, one for single stream and one for dual-stream recycling, but he assured us that the single stream bid would come in significantly higher,” she said.

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Half a million or so higher, Township Administrator Victor Canning said.

The main problem with single stream, Committee Member Richard Cook said after a call with a contact at a recycling plant, is actually glass shards.

“They shred the felt on the belts that convey the paper,” he said. “Furthermore, when you separate out the glass, the paper is more recyclable.”

Also complicating the issue is that “the market for recycling is fading away,” Canning said.

In light of the confusion over the township’s switch to dual-stream recycling, the township will be mailing a four-page flyer soon, with a clip-out reminder calendar for posting on the fridge, Hercek said.

See the photo gallery for a graphic which explains the new system, which begins Feb. 6 with plastic, glass and jars. Paper will be picked up Feb. 13. It’s important to note that the rules of what can and cannot be recycled have been in place for years, it’s only what’s being collected that’s changing.

Cook also talked about “wish recycling,” as the contact explained it to him.

“People put things in there that they hope will be recycled, like oily pizza boxes,” he said. “Those boxes go into the landfill. The contact even said people have put things in there with an entire meal still in it.”

During liaison reports, Cook, who is liaison to the Recreation Commission, said the playground renovation is almost complete. See the photo gallery for a sneak peak.

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