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Posted on: August 3, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Press Release! Polystyrene Recycling Program

Millburn Township and the Township’s Green Team have announced their latest sustainable living initiative, a polystyrene collection and recycling program. Millburn is now one of the first municipalities in New Jersey to recycle polystyrene (commonly known as Styrofoam).

The Department of Public Works’ (DPW) Recycling Center now houses a large container clearly marked for the collection of select polystyrene. Residents should bring their polystyrene to the Recycling Center at 345 Essex Street during operating hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 2:30pm and Saturday 8:00am -12pm.

For this recycling program, all polystyrene MUST BE WHITE, CLEAN and DRY.
Not accepted are egg containers, any polystyrene that is not white, has tape, stickers or cardboard attached or is wrapped in plastic or paper. Dirty or wet polystyrene and packing peanuts will not be accepted.

Why is your participation in this town wide program important?

Polystyrene is a petroleum based product into which a variety of harmful chemicals are used as part of the manufacturing process. Most recycling plants are not able to recycle polystyrene. When disposed of curbside with trash or single stream recycling, the polystyrene goes to a landfill. Polystyrene breaks down into small pieces rather than biodegrading. It contaminates soil, water and is ingested by animals.

While eliminating its use is the ultimate goal, Millburn is proud to provide its residents with an opportunity to reduce the amount of polystyrene trapped in the waste cycle. Minimal effort is required by residents. Simply deposit your polystyrene in the DPW container. The Township and its Green Team look forward to your cooperation and participation in this recycling program.

Please consult the Township’s website under the Green Team or DPW to review this information in the future.

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