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Mandatory Recyclable Materials

SECTION 7.0—RECYCLING GOALS & STRATEGIES
The designated recyclables for Essex County are as follows:

RESIDENTIAL:  All homes, condominiums, townhouses, apartments, trailer parks, etc.,
including certain housing types considered institutional (i.e. senior citizen homes) are to
recycle the following materials. There are no de minimum standards based upon amount
or weight:

  • Newspapers
  • Mixed paper (i.e. junk mail, office paper, all marketable grades)
  • Old corrugated containers
  • Glass food and beverage containers
  • Aluminum beverage containers
  • Leaves
  • Used motor oil
  • White goods
  • Lead acid batteries (vehicle batteries)
  • Plastics (#1 and #2)
  • Steel/Tin Containers
  • Ferrous Scrap
COMMERCIAL:  All places of business (wholesale, retail, service, food, transportation,
etc.) are included in this sector.

  • Newspapers
  • Glass food and beverage containers
  • Aluminum beverage containers
  • Leaves
  • Old corrugated containers
  • Office paper (all marketable grades)
  • Used motor oil
  • White goods
  • Lead acid batteries (vehicle batteries)
  • Plastics (#1 and #2)
  • Steel/Tin Containers
  • Ferrous Scrap
INSTITUTIONAL:  All government buildings, schools, colleges, hospitals, clinics, etc. are included in this sector.
  • Newspapers
  • Glass food and beverage containers
  • Aluminum beverage containers
  • Leaves
  • Old corrugated containers
  • Office paper (all marketable grades)
  • Used motor oil
  • White goods
  • Lead acid batteries (vehicle batteries)
  • Plastics (#1 and #2)
  • Steel/Tin Containers
  • Ferrous Scrap
Essex County intends to meet the 50% MSW recycling goal by increasing the amount of recycling of currently designated materials. The table below shows the generation rate of municipal solid waste, the current recycling rate for those materials, and the target recycling rate necessary to meet and exceed the 50% MSW recycling goal.


  Total Tons
(Trash + Recycling)
Tons Recycled Annual Recycling Rate Target
Recycling Rate
Additional Tons
to be Recycled
2005 Total MSW 870,957.88 271,262.88 31.15% 50% 164,216.06
2006 Total MSW 947,368.21 358,949.21 37.89% 50% 114,734.90
2007 Total MSW 900,865.45 329,206.12 36.54% 50% 121,226.61
2008 Total MSW 874,796.61 348,597.05 39.8% 50% 88,801.25
2009 Total MSW 809,299.50 318,546.50 39.4% 50% 86,103.25

MSW = Municipal Solid Waste. Includes, Corrugated Cardboard, Mixed Office Paper, Newspaper, Other Paper, Glass Containers, Aluminum Containers, Steel Containers, Plastic Containers, Used Anti-Freeze, Used Motor Oil, Brush/Tree Parts, Grass Clippings, Leaves, Electronic Waste, Food Waste, Other Glass, Other Plastic and Textiles.











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