49 Rancocas Road
Mt. Holly, NJ 08060
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Single Stream Recycling

2014 Starting Date
Single Stream Recycling is coming in Fall 2014, help us help you prepare!


A Message From Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio:

Thank you for visiting our single stream recycling webpage.

The County's recycling center is getting a new "single stream" recycling system. Single stream recycling is now common throughout the nation. It is a proven way to increase recycling and cut the cost to collect your recyclables.

Construction is underway, but will take many months to complete. Our target time to collect single stream curbside is early fall 2014.
Once this happens, most residents will be able to toss all their recyclables (cans, bottles, paper, and cardboard) into that one big blue cart which, until now has been for paper and cardboard only.

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

Some families may not be able to fit all their recycling into their existing blue cart. If you fill your blue cart every collection now, you may need an extra cart for single stream.

If you think you will need an extra cart and haven't already ordered one, please email recycle@co.burlington.nj.us or call 609-499-1001 for cart order information by June 30, 2014.

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

Cart Information

If you think your family will need a 2nd or larger cart, please review the following before placing this on-line order.

Need Help Deciding?

Call us weekdays between 9am & 5pm or email questions anytime and we will respond as soon as possible. If you call outside of business hours, please leave your phone number and a brief message and we will return your call the next business day 609-499-1001 or recycle@co.burlington.nj.us

As in the past, we do ask you to flatten boxes, so you can fit as much in your cart as possible. You also can flatten bottles and cans if you wish.

This helps us reduce the amount of carts that we need to purchase.



Find out what size
cart you have now
Director Donnelly
 
There are 3 sizes of carts:
96 gallon
( l x w x h)
35.25" x 29.75" x 43.25"
 
 
 
64 gallon
( l x w x h)
31.75" x 24.25" x 41.75"
 
 
 
48 gallon
( l x w x h)
28.75" x 23.50" x 37.50"
 
 
 
example of 96 gallon cart
Another way to find your cart size:

Look at the front of your cart.

Find the white numbers imprinted on it.
This is your serial number.

The first 2 numbers of the serial number
is the size of your cart
 
Think about how full your cart and bucket(s) are each time you recycle.

Now here are some general hints for deciding what you need…

On an average recycling day…

If you have a 96 gallon cart now, and:
  • If your bucket and cart are half full or less, then you DO NOT need an extra cart.
  • If your bucket is full and your cart is at least 2/3rds full, then order an extra 48 gallon cart.
  • If your bucket and cart are both full, then order an extra 64 gallon cart.
  • If multiple buckets and your cart are all full, then order an extra 96 gallon cart.
If you have a 64 gallon cart now - you have 2 choices: get an extra cart or get a larger cart.
  • If your bucket and cart are half full or less, then you DO NOT need an extra cart.
  • If your bucket is full and your cart is at least 2/3rds full, then order an extra 48 gallon cart or trade up to a 96 gallon cart.
  • If your bucket and cart are both full, then order an extra 48 gallon cart.
  • If you use 2 buckets and your cart is full, then order an extra 64 gallon cart. 
If you have a 48 gallon cart now - you have 2 choices: get an extra cart or get a larger cart.
  • If your bucket and cart are half full or less, then you DO NOT need an extra cart.
  • If your bucket and cart are about 2/3rds full now, then trade up to a 64 gallon cart or get an extra 48 gallon cart.
  • If your bucket is full and your cart is at least 2/3rds full, then order an extra 48 gallon cart.
  • If you are filling your cart and 2 full buckets, then order an extra 64 gallon cart..
If you are still unsure, please contact us for help as noted above.

FAQs

Will this cost me anything?
There will be no costs to the residents

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

What if I do not currently have a cart?
That means your neighborhood is not currently in the cart program. Please contact your municipality for more information.

If I have a cart now, will I still need my bottles and cans “bucket” once single stream starts?
No; all recyclables will go in the cart.

Will the County collect and recycle my old bucket?
We will ask you to keep your bucket for a few months, in case you do have an overflow of materials. We are still working on a plan to collect and recycle buckets from homes that no longer need them. Visit this webpage for future updates.

Why does the County need to know if I will need a “second” cart?
We estimate that more than 30,000 homes may need an extra cart, of differing sizes. It will take months to gather everyone’s information, order the carts, and deliver the right size carts to the right homes next spring. The better prepared we are, the easier the switch to single stream will be for you.

And 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 “big box” stores instead.

What else is the County doing to prepare for single stream?
Major facility modifications are being made to the Robert C. Shinn Recycling Center in Westampton. Following that, new single stream sorting equipment will be installed.

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 recycle@co.burlington.nj.us

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