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Recycling Tonnage Reports Must Be Filed by March 1

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Report

Post Date:01/09/2019 1:35 PM

SOMERVILLE – Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher reminds Somerset County businesses, institutions and commercial establishments that the deadline to file the 2018 Recycling Tonnage Report is March 1, 2019.  It is mandatory that each municipality report all recycling activities to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) on an annual basis.

In accordance with the NJDEP and New Jersey Solid Waste Recycling Regulations, businesses are responsible for reporting on the separation and proper disposal of mandatory recyclable materials, such as newspapers, magazines, chipboard, glass and aluminum containers, corrugated cardboard, steel and tin cans, plastic bottles, mixed paper, motor oil, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, tires, electronics and yard waste. 

In addition, the NJDEP requires that the Somerset County Department of Health conduct inspections at local businesses and institutions throughout the year to verify compliance with mandatory recycling rules.

While most establishments in Somerset County are now conducting ongoing recycling programs as required by law, much of this activity is still not being adequately reported. An establishment that either underreports or does not report about its recycling activities will negatively impact the municipality where it is located.

Tonnage reports can be submitted to local municipal recycling coordinators or through the Somerset County Solid Waste Management (SWM) division. Tonnage reports that are submitted through SWM will be forwarded to the NJDEP and to municipalities so that it will be included in their annual recycling report. To obtain a tonnage report, visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle  or http://bit.ly/TonReport2018 .

To submit a 2018 Recycling Tonnage Report to the SWM, complete the form and mail it to the Somerset County Solid Waste Management Division, 20 Grove St., Somerville, NJ 08876, or fax to 908-707-1749. To submit a report via email, send either a scanned or electronic tonnage report document to Melissa Harvey at harvey@co.somerset.nj.us.

Organizations that are just beginning to set up a recycling system should establish policies and educate their employees about recycling. In addition, they should contact their solid waste hauler and municipal recycling coordinator to get recycling information, cost estimates and recommendations on how to set up a system.

Somerset County businesses that would like to use county recycling services can contact the Somerset County Recycling Center at 732-469-3363, or for details about the program and its cost email recycling@co.somerset.nj.us   

For more information about recycling tonnage, reports and requirements contact Melissa Harvey at harvey@co.somerset.nj.us or 908-231-7109.

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