Single Stream Recycling

Single Stream Recycling Starts Curbside Sept. 1, 2014.
Click here for your town's 1st Single Stream Collection date.

Help us help you prepare!

A Message From Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio:

Thank you for visiting our single stream recycling webpage.

The County's conversion to single stream recycling is moving forward, and the official start is September 1st 2014.

Starting September 1st, residents will be able to recycle all their cans, bottles, newspapers and cardboard, in one container.

When we go to single stream, recycling will still be collected every other week.

Bordentown City, Fieldsboro and Shamong, the historic village of Roebling, historic section of Burlington City and uncarted townhome communities will continue to use their existing recycling buckets for single-stream collection.

Under the new program, single family homes in Washington Township, portions of Burlington City and the remaining uncarted single family homes in Willingboro and the Homestead Community in Mansfield - will be provided CARTs.

Bass River, North Hanover and Woodland - do not have curbside recycling and will continue to take their recyclables to their town drop-off.

Multifamily Complexes will be added to the program next year. If you reside in an apartment or condominium complex your management will be notified in advance of any changes, so continue to recycle you are now.

Final Note
The Carts are costly and are municipal property, if you move, remember to leave your carts behind.

Flatten cardboard to fit inside your cart.  If your cart is full, flatten boxes into 2' x 3' size and set next to your cart. 

Will my recycling still be picked up every other week when we go to single stream? 
Yes, the frequency of service will not change.

What if I do not currently have a cart?
If your neighbors have carts and you don't, contact your municipality.  If your neighborhood is not currently in the cart program, plans for areas without carts are noted above.

If I have a cart now, will I still need my bottles and cans "bucket" once single stream starts?
No; you should put all your recyclables into your cart.

If I don't want my old recycling bucket how do I recycle it?
You may want to keep your bucket for the first few collections, in case you do have an overflow of materials.  Click here to see your list of recycling bucket options.

What about Plastic Bags?
Keep plastic bags out of recycling buckets and carts. Plastic bags cause big trouble for single stream recycling systems. Recycle plastic bags at supermarkets or stores such as Lowes, Home Depot, Target, etc.  Burlington County Park rangers will accept clean dry plastic bags for reuse at the park's pet waste stations.

What is the benefit of single stream?
Again, not having to separate recyclables adds convenience. Studies show single stream brings with it an increase of 10 percent or more in recycling. The more we recycle, the less we need to landfill. Last year, recycling saved the towns more than $3.2 million in landfill tipping fees. Those cost-savings are effectively tax savings, since they improve the bottom line of municipal budgets.

Anything else I should know?
Burlington County is proud of its recycling program. The cost of the program is included in tipping fees – with no additional costs to the towns. In addition, the program is operated through the Occupational Training Center of Burlington County and provides jobs to individuals with disabilities. No other county in New Jersey can make that claim.

Where else can I go for information?
Call (609) 499-1001 or email

Final note, the carts are costly and are municipal property, so if you move, remember to leave your carts behind.