Curbside Recycling

MORRIS MUA URGES RESIDENTS TO PUT OUT ONLY ACCEPTABLE ITEMS FOR CURBSIDE RECYCLING -

In an effort to capture only acceptable materials during curbside recycling collection, the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA), will implement a "tag-it and leave-it" inspection program this summer in the municipalities served by the MUA's "all-in-one" single-stream curbside recycling collection program.
Due to recent enforcement of rigorous restrictions banning unacceptable materials from the curbside recycling stream, the MUA has been assessing unacceptable items in the recycling stream.

The most common and problematic unacceptable materials (contaminants) found mixed with acceptable recyclables include:
• plastic bags
• plastic film/plastic packaging
• foam (Styrofoam)
• hangers (plastic, metal, wood)
• food waste
• wood scraps
• plastic bottles/containers coded #3, #4, #6 & #7 (only plastic bottles/containers coded #1, #2 & #5 are acceptable).

Due to strict requirements for collecting only acceptable materials in the recycling stream, the MUA will leave those recycling set-outs with unacceptable items in the recycling containers at the curb.

Residents will have to correct the issues and wait until the next scheduled collection day to put their acceptable recyclables for curbside collection.

The main goal is to avoid rejected loads at the local recycling facility which first separates the single-stream recyclables into the individual materials that make up the recycling stream.

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