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According to New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection, the total recycling rate for the state in 2014 was 62%. While this number is a great improvement compared to 10 years ago, there is still plenty that NJ residents can do to make our communities and our planet a better place to live.


Are you looking to improve your recycling habits? Chances are that you are not taking full advantage of your curbside recycling program. It’s important to note that the items accepted in your curbside recycling program may vary; depending on which town you live in. Please check with your local municipality if you have any questions about what can and cannot be recycled. Below, you will find some of the items approved by the Middlesex County Recycling Plan.

Items that can be Recycled in Middlesex County, NJ

1. Aluminum Cans

Compared to other packaging types, aluminum cans have a higher recycling rate. This makes them one of the most sustainable beverage package options. Aluminum also is a sustainable metal, meaning that it can be recycled over and over again. It only takes 60 days for a can to be recycled and placed back on store shelves. Recycling your aluminum cans can help save natural resources, energy, time and money.


2. Glass Bottles and Jars

It is highly beneficial to recycle your glass bottles and jars. Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without losing any quality of the material. In fact, every six tons of recycled glass used in the manufacturing process can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by one ton. One ton of recycled glass also can help conserve over a ton of natural resources.


3. Plastic Containers

From water bottles to milk jugs to soda liters, it’s important to recycle all of your plastic containers. Plastic is clogging up valuable space in our landfills. For every ton of plastic that is recycled, 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space is saved. In addition, many landfill facilities incinerate plastic bottles in hopes to save waste, but this process emits toxic pollutants in our air. Recycling plastic can help decrease air, soil and water pollution.


4. Mixed paper

Between old magazines, newspapers and junk mail, it’s likely that you use a lot of paper in your home. It’s important that you recycle all different types of paper to help save both energy and resources. For every ton of paper recycled, 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 463 gallons of oil and 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space are saved. While paper has a limit to the number of times it can be recycled, it’s still important for our environment to recycle this type of material.


5. Cardboard

In the United States, over 90% of the items shipped around the country are packaged in cardboard. Unfortunately, many of these cardboard boxes are thrown away instead of recycled, making it the single largest waste product (by weight) in your trash. Recycling one ton of cardboard helps save 9 cubic yards of landfill space, 700 gallons of water and 46 gallons of oil. Do you part in saving our resources by recycling all cardboard boxes you receive in the mail!


Curbside Recycling in New Jersey

Here at Bayshore Recycling, we are dedicated to helping New Jersey reduce its carbon footprint. Our NJ eco and energy complex headquartered in the Keasbey section of Woodbridge Township is fully equipped with state-of-the-art materials to properly recycle common household items. Whether you’re a New Jersey homeowner or local business, we help a wide range of clientele live a more sustainable lifestyle. For more information on how we can help you, please contact us today.