SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit has updated its recycling procedures effective July 1. The changes come in response to the changing global recycling market, which is depressed and has led to the City's current vendor contracts requiring cleaner materials, with less contamination and fewer accepted commodities.

During the Summit Common Council meeting on May 12, City of Summit Director of Community Services Paul Cascais described stressed that paper and cardboard must be kept dry, and commingled glass, plastic, or metal containers should be rinsed clean. Only plastics marked type 1, 2, or 5 are now accepted. Types 3, 4, 6, and 7 should be thrown away with household garbage. No plastic bags are being accepted, and any recyclables put out in plastic bags will not be picked up. However, thin plastic bags can be put into the TREX collection bin at the transfer station.

At that same meeting, Ward 1 Council Member Danny O’Sullivan noted the City holds two recycling contracts – one for curbside pickup and another for the transfer station – and it’s important that residents use the curbside service as much as possible. Cascais said that since the curbside contract covers all 7,400 households in town, everyone pays for it, so they might as well use it. Currently, only about half of households do.

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The curbside recycling vendor is also responsible for marketing the material that’s picked up, regardless of market conditions. On the other hand, the City itself must market recycling deposited at the transfer station and pay to dispose of it. The two-year curbside contact begins July 1.

The revised recycling procedures include: 

Recycling bins should be placed curbside before 6 a.m. every Thursday, except holidays when collection will take place on Friday. 

Pickup will occur between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Missed materials should be left at the curb and pickup will be completed on Fridays. 

Recycled material should be clean, dry, and placed in a covered bin

Glass, aluminum, tin cans and lids, and plastic marked #1, #2, and #5 will be accepted and can be comingled

Recycled items should not be placed in plastic bags. If placed in a plastic bag, recycling will not be collected. 

Notices will be provided with the reason for non-collection of material

As Ward 1 Council Member David Naidu pointed out at the May Council meeting, curbside recycling is more convenient and that, when people take their recycling to the transfer station, it’s essentially costing the City twice, therefore the City is highly encouraging residents to recycle items curbside rather than at the Municipal Transfer Station.