“The Essex County Utilities Authority (ECUA) is responsible for developing and managing the County’s solid waste disposal system. This includes managing an up to date list of approved Solid Waste and Recycling Facilities operating within the County.
The Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) is the agenda-setting document for the County. It is based upon the rules and regulations set forth in New Jersey's Statewide Solid Waste Management Plan.
Essex County's SWMP was updated in 2006 to reflect a renewed commitment to recycling as a solid waste solution.
As such, the County’s goal is to increase the enforcement of recycling requirements in commercial establishments and multi-family housing developments in order to increase the County recycling rate to the 50% municipal solid waste (MSW) level mandated by the State of New Jersey.
By making these commitments, Essex County is relying upon its residents and each of the 22 municipal recycling coordinators to increase the level of recycle materials and lower the amount of materials that end up in the landfill.
The ECUA provides training programs for the recycling coordinators and will continue the pioneering efforts of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Computer & Electronics collection and recycling days for all residents.
This website is another tool to expand awareness of the recycling initiatives and to help increase the recycling tonnage of the County and its 22 municipalities. For example, by visiting the Recycling Links page, you can find direct links to each municipality's recycling and solid waste website.
You can also visit the Recycling FAQ page for answers to common questions, or use the Forms and Applications page if you are a recycling professional interested in locating your facility within Essex County.