ROXBURY, NJ — The Recycling Center, shuttered in March due to COVID-19 and then reopened two months later but only on Saturdays, will resume original weekend hours this weekend, said a township official on Wednesday.

That means the center, on North Dell Avenue in Kenvil, will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

“Residents are encouraged to continue to utilize curbside collection for grass, leaves, paper and cardboard as well as cans and bottles,” said Roxbury Township Recycling Coordinator Kellie Ann Keyes. “Please utilize the center to recycle items and materials NOT collected through the weekly curbside collection.”

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Items that can be brought to the recycling center include electronics such as computers, televisions, laptops, monitors, desktop printers and desktop faxes only. Additionally, residents are allowed to bring to the center clothing, motor oil, metal items, fluorescent light bulbs and larger pieces of brush.

“As always, everyone accessing the center will be expected to place their materials in the respective container," Keyes said. “Please have all recyclables properly broken down and ready for deposit."

The Recycling Center closed to the public on March 16 as the COVID-19 situation raged. It was opened again, but on Saturday only, on May 16.

With the coronavirus still a concern, the township is asking residents to be careful when coming to the center.

“The safety of both staff and the public is paramount;" Keyes said. “As such, social distancing of at least six feet must be maintained. Please avoid socializing and lingering.”

Keyes also urged residents to continue helping her maintain a successful recycling program by adhering to recycling guidelines especially when it comes to bottles, cans and plastics.

“All plastics are not created equal,” she said. “Just because an item has a 1,2 or 5 symbol does not mean it is an accepted material in our recycling stream.” Keyes noted, as an example, that small plastic toys, flower pots or packaging material are not recyclable.

Those unsure about which materials can be recycled can learn more at roxburynj.us/recycling-center, Keyes said. Keyes can also be reached at 973-448-2053 or keyesk@roxburynj.us. 

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