WESTFIELD, NJ – With the New Year has come new regulations for recycling in the town.

The key message is that the town will only recycle plastics labeled #1 and #2, and no longer takes plastics labeled #3 - #7, Councilman David Contract said. The modification is a result of changes in the market for scrap plastics, officials previously said.

All other guidelines remain in effect, said Councilman David Contract, who detailed the changes in a video posted to social media.

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The changes include the following:

Acceptable plastic materials will have a “PET,” “PETE,” or “HDPE” mark, or the number 1 or 2 within an imprinted triangle on the bottom of the container. Examples include, but are not limited to, soft drink bottles, water bottles, cooking oil, milk jugs, cleaning agents, laundry detergents, and shampoo bottles.

In addition, residents are reminded of the recycling changes that were implemented over the past year:

  • No plastic bags of any kind will be accepted.
  • Shredded paper is no longer accepted.
  • Cardboard and paper must be dry.
  • Placing recycling items in containers at the curb is highly encouraged to minimize moisture contamination.
  • All allowable recyclables may be placed in the same reusable receptacle.