Posted Wednesday, December 18th, 2019
Holidays add 1 Million Tons of Trash to Landfills
Morris County residents are encouraged to use the tips below, provided by the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority, to recycle gift-related items and to help reduce the load of holiday trash heading for landfills.
Remember: When in Doubt, Throw it Out. Don’t guess about recycling.
Items that can be recycle at curbside — or reused:
Items that are trash — or can be reused:
Recycling tips for plastic bags, electronic waste, batteries, Christmas trees, and holiday string lights:
Clean, dry plastic bags can be dropped off at many area grocery stores where they are sent to a recycler who manufactures them into composite lumber. Visit plasticfilmrecycling.org to find a location. Please do NOT put plastic bags into curbside recycling, where they end up damaging recycling machinery, costing taxpayers money.
E-waste (electronics) recycling such as TVs, computers, tablets, laptops, monitors, desktop printers and desktop faxes is mandated by state law. They are banned from the garbage. Please do not leave them at the curb where scavengers can rip out valuable metals and leave a hazardous waste mess behind. The MCMUA, many municipalities, and several retail outlets provide free e-waste recycling. Visit the website for more information.
Battery recycling and disposal: The MCMUA and most towns now advise putting disposable alkaline AA and AAA in the garbage. For more information visit MCMUA.com or click here. Recycle rechargeable batteries through Call2Recycle.