WESTFIELD, NJ — Plastic bags and shredded paper can no longer be recycled with residential curbside pickup, Town Administrator Jim Gildea announced during Tuesday night's town council meeting.

The town found out just before the changes went into effect this week, Councilman David Contract said.

“The recycling markets are changing every day,” Gildea said. “This particular year it is now affecting our curbside program.” 

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Until Monday, shredded paper could be placed in a clear plastic bag to be recycled. 

“The issue is contaminated recycling,” Gildea said. “The secondary market for these things is really collapsing and, if you don’t have clean materials, other countries will not buy it from you.”

He said that the town has been fortunate to have single-stream recycling recently but that, too, could change. 

A complete list of acceptable and non-acceptable materials from Union County can be found on the town’s website, www.WestfiledNJ.gov. To find a plastic bag drop-off location visit www.plasticfilmrecycling.org. Mobile  paper shredding events are being held throughout Union County.

This week’s recycling schedule:

  • Ward 1 - Monday June 4
  • Ward 2 - Tuesday June 5
  • Ward 3 - Wednesday June 6
  • Ward 4 - Thursday June 7