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Recycling Celebrates 20th Anniversary in New Jersey

RECYCLING ENFORCEMENT

In 1992 Gloucester County launched a new and innovative program designed to ensure recycling compliance at all multifamily dwellings, institutions, and businesses. A Recycling Enforcement Officer is assigned to inspect all these facilities in Gloucester County to determine if they have a recycling program in place. Facilities that are recycling are advised as to their responsibilities under state, county, and local laws. A series of re-inspections are conducted over a 100-day period to allow time for a recycling program to be implemented. Facilities that repeatedly neglect their recycling responsibilities are referred to the Gloucester County Health Department, which files formal charges in the municipal court where the facility is located. Since the program began more than 10,000 inspections have been conducted throughout the County. If you would like more information on this program, please contact the GCIA/Office of Recycling.

TIRE AMNESTY PROGRAM

In order to combat the spread of the mosquito-born West Nile Virus the GCIA/Office of Recycling, in cooperation with the Board of Chosen Freeholders, conducted three Tire Amnesty Days in 2001 during which County residents and farmers could dispose of up to 25-passenger car and pick-up tires at no cost (larger loads were accepted by appointments). This program was sponsored by a one-time grant from NJDEP. During the three collection events in 2001 the GCIA/Office of Recycling accepted approximately 12,000 tires. The GCIA/Office of Recycling also worked with interested County farmers and municipalities on a case-by-case basis to assist them with the disposal of their stockpiled tires. As such, the GCIA/Office of Recycling collected approximately 37,000 tires during the 2001 program. The GCIA utilized a company to grind the tires on-site and will use the chips for a variety of landfill construction projects, such as temporary road construction.

In 2002, March was declared “Tire Amnesty Month.” The month-long collection events brought in thousands of tires for recycling each year. These “Tire Amnesty Months” have brought in the following amounts over the years:

Year
Total Tires
2001
37,000
2002
33,500
2003
11,000
2004
10,000
2005
15,500
2006
16,500
2007
9,350
2008
10,985
2009
14,275
2010
7,130
2011
10,700
2012
12,835
2013
11,275
2014
2015
2016
2017
6,599
5,771
9,191
7,606

To date, this Tire Program has taken over 229,222 tires out of the waste stream and recycled them. We have planned funding for another series of collections to be conducted in the Spring of 2018. For more information, please contact our office.

2016 HSW PROGRAM RESULTS

In 2016, the GCIA/Office of Recycling conducted a total of four “Household Special Waste (HSW)” collection events. A total of 2,328 residents participated in the events, which were held at the Gloucester County Solid Waste Complex in South Harrison Township and the County Roads Department in Clayton. Participants brought in 27,855 lbs. of paint, 11,032 lbs. of batteries, 35,646 lbs. of motor oil, 8,233 lbs. of antifreeze. These materials, which were all recycled or reused whenever possible, represent the greatest amounts ever collected through the County’s drop-off events.

County residents also deposited 87,229 lbs. of other HSW including propane tanks, solvents, pool chemicals, gasoline, and pesticides. The total amount of materials collected during 2016 was a staggering 182,862 lbs.

During 2017, the GCIA will conduct a total of 4 HSW events. Please check our Household Special Waste Section of this web site for 2017 event dates, or to receive an annual brochure on the County’s HSW program, please contact the GCIA/Office of Recycling.

ELECTRONIC E-WASTE RECYCLING PROGRAM

After a year-long hiatus from collecting E-Waste from residents in Gloucester County, Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger is pleased to report that Governor Christy finally signed E-waste Bill S981 into Law on January 9, 2017.  This revised Law can now address the collection problems many counties and towns have been experiencing these last few years.  Although changes will not come overnight, they are heading in the right direction.

Director Damminger said, “Gloucester County resumed its E-Waste Recycling Program on February 15. The Office of Recycling has been able to secure a free and convenient contract with a vendor to collect and recycle all of the E-Waste collected at the Gloucester County Solid Waste Complex in South Harrison at no charge to the residents or the County.”

The the protocols for the County E-Waste Program would be similar to the past. County residents will be able to once again bring their old, unwanted computer monitors, towers, laptops, tablets, printers, scanners, and other computer related items such as wires, keyboards and speakers for recycling. Many other types of electronics will be accepted such as stereos, videocassette recorders, DVD players, fax machines, electric typewriters, tabletop copiers, and televisions for recycling.  These items, that can become dangerous to the environment if not handled correctly, will be properly recycled and safely kept out of the waste stream.

Please note that this program does NOT include small appliances such as microwaves, toasters, blenders, mixers, vacuums, etc. If residents have any questions, they may call the office in advance if they are unsure if an item can be recycled.

Beginning February 15, 2017, County residents may bring their E-Waste to the Gloucester County Solid Waste Complex located at 493 Monroeville Rd. (Route 694) in South Harrison Township, Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 3 p.m. This program is for Gloucester County residents only and no commercial businesses will be accepted.

Gloucester County residents may also contact their municipality to see if they still have their local drop off center. They may also contact the Best Buy Store in Deptford at (856) 374-0404, the Good Will Store in Woodbury Hts. at (856) 848-9834, or Magnum Computer Recycling in Pennsauken at (856) 333-0991 if they have e-waste that needs to be recycled.  Televisions and computers may not go out in the regular trash, they must be recycled.

For more details contact the Office of Recycling at (856) 478-6045.

HOME COMPOSTER SALE

Over the last eighteen years, the GCIA/Office of Recycling and the Board of Chosen Freeholders have jointly overseen the sale of 2,365 Earth Machines to County residents. If all the units sold thus far are used to their capacity, approximately 1,395,000 pounds of vegetative waste could be diverted from the regular trash stream on a yearly basis. The GCIA/Office of Recycling has purchased 75 additional Earth Machine Home Composting Machines for resale to Gloucester County residents. The sale, which includes the Earth Machine Home Composter and a kitchen bucket for food scraps are being sold at a discounted price of $55 each (the units retail for approximately $99). Anyone who is interested in purchasing one of these composters please contact the GCIA/Office of Recycling for further details. The composters will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

4-H ENVIRONMENTAL AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

For the 13th year in a row, the GCIA/Office of Recycling sponsored the 4-H Environmental Ambassador Program. This program, which is open to youths (grades 5-7) from Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties, was conducted in May 2012. The goal of the three-day program is to provide young people with an opportunity to study waste management alternatives, careers in environmental science, recycling and other environmental issues.

The students and their chaperones will stay at the Appel Farm Arts & Music Center in Elmer. This conference center has heated dormitories with bunk beds, private bathrooms with showers, a dinning hall, and a meeting room for workshops. Each day, students traveled by bus to tour learning sites including a recycling center, waste-to-energy plant, landfill, sewage treatment plant and composting facilities. The program is free to all participants due to its sponsors. The program’s other sponsors include the Cumberland County Improvement Authority, Salem County Utilities Authority and the New Jersey 4-H Development Fund.

RECYCLING USED MOTOR OIL

According to the United States EPA used oil from a single oil change can ruin one million gallons of drinking water – a year’s supply for 50 people! With more Americans performing minor maintenance work on their vehicles the need for used motor oil recycling opportunities has never been more apparent. In an effort to promote the recycling of used motor oil, the GCIA/Office of Recycling and the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders purchased and delivered a number of waste motor oil collection tanks to all municipalities in the County the expressed interest in receiving one. Towns that elected not to participate either had relatively new tanks in place or felt that an oil collection program was not practical at that time for their municipality. Refer to your municipality’s page on this site to see if your town operates a used motor oil collection site.

Used motor oil is also accepted for recycling at the following Gloucester County stores: Jiffy-Lube and Pep Boys. Contact the store prior to delivering any used motor oil to determine hours of acceptance and disposal procedures.

Used motor oil and antifreeze is also accepted for recycling at any of the County’s “Household Special Waste” collection events.

OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL WEB SITES

Association of New Jersey Recyclers (ANJR): www.anjr.com 
Association of New Jersey Household Hazardous Waste Coordinators (ANJHHWC):www.njhazwaste.com 
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP): www.state.nj.us/dep/dshw/recycle 
United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA): www.epa.gov 
Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA): www.swana.org 

County residents requesting more information on our many programs and projects are encouraged to contact us . Thank you