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Posted on: May 4, 2018

Updated Important Recycling Information for Millburn Township

May 10, 2018

Last Friday the Township issued a recycling update regarding limitations on plastic bags in curbside recycling collections. We received many questions regarding what can be collected, and would like to take this time to clarify some of them.

Although single-use plastic bags may depict a recycling symbol, they are not recyclable in a single-stream facility. They jam the equipment and many facilities spend 1-2 hours per day removing plastic bags from the machinery. Plastic bags are one of the largest sources of contamination at recycling facilities. Due to changes in the international market, recyclers are demanding that they be removed from curbside collections.

Many items that are theoretically recyclable are not accepted in single-stream collections. Shredded paper is a prime example. When paper is shredded to thin pieces it cannot be picked up by the optical sorters in a single-stream facility. Plastic #6 also fits into this category, as the equipment at our end market cannot process the material.

Our recycling practices are constantly evolving due to technology limitations and market considerations. For more information, visit


Empty bottles, cans, paper, cardboard, and glass are recyclable and can be placed loosely in a reusable container at the curb. Recycling stickers can be picked up at the Department of Public Works, located at 345 Essex Street, or at Town Hall.

May 4, 2018

The Township of Millburn is alerting all residents and commercial properties serviced by Giordano Co., the solid waste and recycling hauler for the Township, that recyclables placed in any plastic bags, black or clear, will not be collected. Giordano Co. was informed by its end market that they are cracking down on contamination, and that all loads placed in plastic bags will not be accepted. In turn, all recyclables in plastic bags will be left at the curb. If a collection is left curbside it is the resident’s responsibility to move items into a reusable container.

In response to recent changes in the recycling market, haulers and end markets are taking steps to reduce contamination levels. This has resulted in stricter limits and an emphasis on reeducation. In the short term this has led to higher costs for processing recyclables, leading to a renewed effort towards a cleaner recycling stream for which a market can be found.

Residents are urged to place recyclables in a reusable container clearly marked for recycling, with a lid to ensure items are protected from wind gusts and rain storms. Recycling stickers can be picked up at the Department of Public Works, located at 345 Essex Street. Empty bottles, cans, paper and cardboard are recyclable, and can be placed loosely in a reusable container at the curb.

Any item that includes food or liquid cannot be recycled. Plastic bags are also a contaminant, as they jam up the machines at recycling processing faculties, and can only be recycled by certain retailers and grocery stores. Please keep all plastic bags and food waste out of the recycling stream. When non-recyclable items end up in the recycling stream, they have the potential to turn an entire load into trash, leading to increased processing costs and additional service charges.

Information regarding the Township’s recycling practices can be found in the DPW Pamphlet, located on the Public Works and Recycling pages of the Township website. For questions and concerns go to, or contact the Recycling Coordinator at

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