SUMMIT, NJ - Two, new recycling collection programs -- focusing on 'soft plastics' and used tennis balls -- are being implemented by the City of Summit and the Recycling Advisory Committee in an effort to help reduce items from entering the waste stream and utilize recycling and reuse initiatives.

'Soft Plastics' Program

A collection bin is now located at the City of Summit Transfer Station next to the commingled recycling area. Soft, stretch plastics resulting from household waste will be sent to the Trex Company. If / when 500 pounds of soft plastics are collected within a six-month period, the company will donate a bench made from recycled plastic for use in a Summit area green space or park.

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Soft plastic items that can be recycled:

  • Grocery bags
  • Ziplock and other re-closable food storage bags
  • Produce bags
  • Bubble wrap and air pillows
  • Bread bags
  • Cereal bags
  • Newspaper sleeves
  • Ice bags
  • Case overwrap
  • Wood pellet bags
  • Industrial pallet wrap and stretch film

Note - All bags must be clean, dry, and free of food residue.

Items that cannot be used for this program include:

  • Garbage bags
  • Frozen food bags
  • Candy bar wrappers
  • Chip bags
  • Six-pack rings
  • Pre-washed salad mix bags
  • Degradable/compostable bags or film packaging

Tennis Ball Recycling Program

Collection bins are located at Memorial Field adjacent to the tennis courts on Ashland Road, as well as at the Summit Tennis Club, which is located at 45 Sunset Drive. Two additional collection bins are also set to be added near the Tatlock Field tennis courts at 80 Butler Parkway.

Collected tennis balls will be submitted to a vendor which will repurpose into other green products. It is estimated that 125 million tennis balls enter the waste stream each year.