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Posted on: January 11, 2022

MCMUA Recycling - Acceptable and Unacceptable Items

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When in Doubt, Throw it Out — That’s the Best Decision for the Environment

Not everything with a recycling symbol goes into your curbside recycling bin for single-stream collection.

The most problematic recycling contaminants found by the Morris County MUA include:

  • Plastic bags (Take them to a retail store with a dedicated bin for bags. They jam machinery.)
  • Plastic film/plastic packaging
  • Foam/Styrofoam (Large amounts of clean block Styrofoam that hasn’t contacted food can be recycled at Foam Pack Industries in Springfield.)
  • Hangers (Plastic, metal, or wood — they jam up the machinery.)
  • Food waste
  • Wood scraps
  • Plastic bottles/containers coded #3, #4, #6 & #7 (Recycle only plastic bottles/containers coded #1, #2 & #5. No medicine bottles at all).

Just for clarification, these items don’t belong in your recycling container either: Paper coffee cups, dirty pizza boxes, paper towels, and some less likely items such as diapers, bowling balls, hypodermic needles, animal carcasses, batteries, and electronics. Batteries can cause a fire at a recycling center. People sort recycling – not machines, so keep them safe. View more unacceptable items here (PDF)

Also, recyclables must be empty, clean, and dry — without food residue.

Download the MCMUA’s recycling flyer of acceptable items here (PDF) and post it in your kitchen!

Accepted Materials and Codes

  • Recycling Type 1 - PETERecycling Type 2 - HDPERecycling Type 5 - PP
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Materials and Codes Not Accepted

  • Recycling Type 3 - PVCRecycling Type 4 - LDPERecycling Type 6 - PSRecycling Type 7 - OTHER
  • Single stream unacceptable items

For more info, please visit the MCMUA website.
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