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                                                          HAzARDOUS BATTERIES:
                                                          Rechargeable batteries, such as nickel-
While recycling alone cannot solve New Jersey’s
                                                          cadmium, nickel-iron, nickel metal
garbage problem, recycling programs are having a          hydride, lithium ion, small sealed lead
significant effect on reducing the volume of waste
going to landfills. Support your community and
                                                          acid, etc. need to be recycled. These are often used as
                                                                                                                        For more information about recycling, please contact
                                                                                                                                                                                    A GUIdE fOR
Somerset County by complying with laws N.J.S.A.
                                                          substitutes for non-rechargeable batteries in standard
                                                          sizes such as AAA, AA, C, D, and 9V. Non-rechargeable,        your Municipal Recycling Coordinator.                        SOmERSEt
13:1E et seq. - “The Mandatory Source Separation and      hazardous batteries include carbon zinc batteries as well
Recycling Act.”                                           as silver oxide, mercury and magnesium button-type            TOWN                     RECYCLINg pHONE #

                                                          batteries. Small sealed lead acid batteries and Ni-Cad
                                                          batteries must be handled under the Universal Waste
                                                                                                                                                    (908) 212-7015
                                                                                                                                                    (908) 204-3084
There are other items that your business may
                                                          regulations or the Hazardous Waste Regulations. The
                                                          county encourages businesses to recycle all types of
                                                                                                                        Bound Brook
                                                                                                                                                    (908) 766-3000 x 110
                                                                                                                                                    (732) 356-0833
be required to recycle or dispose of properly,            batteries when feasible. For a listing of places that can     Branchburg                  (908) 526-1300 x 103           & INdUStRIES
depending on the amount that you generate. For            handle your batteries, you may try the Rechargeable           Bridgewater                 (908) 725-6300 x 5203
more information, please visit               Battery Recycling Corporation’s website at www.rbrc.          Far Hills                   (908) 234-0611
online. (Click on Publications, then click on Recycling   org.                                                          Franklin Twp.               (732) 873-2500 x 290
Markets Directory.) Or                                                                       Green Brook                 (732) 968-1023 x 6602
recyclingmarketdirectory.pdf                              TIRES:                                                        Hillsborough                (908) 369-4313
                                                          Facilities that collect scrap tires should                    Manville                    (908) 725-5512
ELECTRONICS:                                              be aware of proper storage requirements                       Millstone                   (908) 359-8038
Certain consumer electronics contain                      due to the public health risk associated with improper        Montgomery                  (908) 874-3144
heavy metals and materials that are                       storage. Scrap tires can collect rainwater and become         North Plainfield            (908) 769-2907
considered hazardous. These items                         an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes, the carriers         Peapack-Gladstone           (908) 234-1259
must be properly disposed of according to Hazardous       of West Nile Virus. Therefore, State regulations specify      Raritan                     (908) 231-1300 x 15
Waste or Universal Waste Regulations. The NJDEP           that scrap tires shall be stored in totally enclosed          Rocky Hill                  (609) 924-7445
maintains a list of approved facilities for these         structures, or in roll-off containers or trailers dedicated
                                                                                                                        Somerville                  (908) 704-7195
materials. Contact the NJDEP at (609) 984-6650 or         to scrap tire storage. You are required to properly
                                                                                                                        S. Bound Brook              (732) 356-0258 x 16
visit their website at      recycle your tires. N.J.A.C. 7:26A-1 et sec.
                                                                                                                        Warren                      (908) 753-5149
uwrcompu.htm for the names of additional approved                                                                       Watchung                    (908) 756-0080
facilities.                                               MATERIAL ExCHANgES:                                                                                                  OUR MASCOT, BUNDLES THE RECYCLINg
                                                          Services that match generators of valuable waste and                                                                      pENgUIN, REMINDS US THAT
                                                          surplus goods with organizations of businesses that                                                                   RECYCLINg, REDUCINg AND REUSINg
                                                                                                                                   SOMERSET COUNTY
Fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury and other
                                                          can reuse them are called Materials Exchanges. These                                                                          HELpS OUR EARTH.
                                                          exchanges prevent usable materials from becoming                      DIVISION OF SOLID WASTE
hazardous materials. Businesses should recycle                                                                                        20 GROVE STREET
                                                          waste and can save businesses money that would have                                                                    21 TOWNS RECYCLINg TODAY FOR
them under the State Universal Waste regulations or                                                                                 SOMERVILLE, NJ 08876
                                                          been spent on disposal. You may visit the Northeast                                                                        A gREENER TOMORROW.
manage them under the Hazardous Waste regulations.        Recycling Council’s website at, www.                         Phone: (908) 231-7031
For more information, you may visit the following      or                          Fax: (908-707-1749
websites: and                                                                                                                                           
                                                          somersetfreecycle to get information on Exchanges                           serving our region.
                                                                                                                                          Revised 1/2010                         Printed on 30% Post Consumer Waste Paper
    tHE fUtURE HEALtH Of tHE                             If you are a property owner and relying on your          To comply with State, County and local laws,                  RECOmmENdEd ACtIONS
     PLANEt dEPENdS ON YOU                               tenant to manage recycling, this agreement               businesses, institutions, government or commercial      FIrst step:
                                                         should be in writing.                                    establishments are required to separate the following   1. Contact your trash hauler for recycling
                                                                                                                  materials that are generated at your location(s):          information and associated costs.
                                                         If you are a tenant and relying on your landlord                                                                 2. If needed, contact your Municipal Recycling
                                                                                                                  • Aluminum Cans
                                                         to manage recycling, this agreement should                                                                          Coordinator for assistance in setting up a
                                                                                                                  • Antifreeze
                                                         also be in writing.                                                                                                 recycling system.
                                                                                                                  • Computer Printout/White Ledger
                                                                                                                                                                          3. Establish recycling policies at your business/
                                                                                                                  • Concrete
                                                                       WHY RECYCLE?                               • Hazardous Dry Cell Batteries*
                                                                                                                                                                             commercial establishment.
                                                                                                                                                                          4. Educate your employees and your customers
                                                         - It Saves Natural Resources. By making                  • Corrugated Cardboard

                                                                                                                                                           OI L
                                                                                                                                                                             on how they should participate (create posters,
                                                         products from recycled materials instead of virgin       • Glass Containers
                                                                                                                                                                             memos, etc.).
                                                         materials, we conserve natural resources.                • Heavy Iron
On April 20, 1987, Governor Thomas Kean signed the                                                                • Lead-Acid Batteries                                                      StORAGE
Mandatory Source Separation and Recycling Act. This      - It Saves Energy. It usually takes less energy to       • Leaves & Brush                                        Recyclables should be temporarily stored in a clearly
law requires everyone to separate recyclable materials   make recycled products. Recycled aluminum, for           • Magazines & Junk Mail                                 marked container. Each container should be large
from regular trash. Each municipality was obligated to   example, takes 95% less energy than making new           • Mercury Containing Devices                            enough to hold the material you generate without
recycle 25% of its solid waste.                          aluminum from bauxite ore.                                      - Thermometers                                   overflow and must be free of non-recyclable trash.
In November of 1990, Governor James Florio accepted                                                                      - Fluorescent Tubes
a report by the NJ Solid Waste Task Force, which         - It protects and preserves Our Clean Air                       - CFL’s                                                            PENALtIES
called for a goal of 60% to be recycled by 1995.         and Water. In most cases, making products from           • Mixed Office Paper                                    Violations of the recycling requirements may result
                                                         recycled material creates less air and water pollution   • Newspaper                                             in fines. recycling in the state of New Jersey is
Residential recycling programs have been effective
                                                         than making products from virgin materials.              • Plastic Containers & Bottles                          mandatory. Businesses, institutions and industries
in helping the County work toward achieving a 60%
                                                                                                                                                                          that are not in compliance with the regulations can be
goal, but our residents cannot do it alone. Businesses
                                                         - Disposal Costs. Your disposal costs may be                                                                     assessed monetary penalties, for each day a violation
and institutions need to recycle too.                                                                             • Scrap Autos
                                                         stabilized or reduced by decreasing the amount of                                                                continues. The scale of fines is established pursuant
                                                                                                                  • Steel Cans
                                                         trash sent for disposal.                                                                                         to the NJ Solid Waste Management Act.
        YOUR RESPONSIBILItY                                                                                       • Stumps, Logs and Tree Parts
                                                                                                                  • Textiles
As the owner, operator or manager of a business/         - Disposal Capacity. Recycled materials don’t go                                                                 Avoid these fines by properly establishing a
                                                                                                                  • Used Consumer Electronics
commercial establishment you must ensure that a          into landfills or incinerators.                                                                                  recycling program for your business or commercial
                                                                                                                        - Computors & Peripherals
recycling system is in place. That system needs to                                                                                                                        establishment. Proper recycling requires some effort
                                                                                                                        - Printers & Copiers
provide for the separation of mandatory recyclable       - profit. Your business may profit from selling                                                                  on your part, but the results will benefit you, your
                                                                                                                        - VCRs & Televisions
trash and for the proper recycling of those materials.   recyclables.                                                                                                     community and our environment.
                                                                                                                        - Cell Phones & Fax Machines
You, not your trash hauler, are responsible for
separating mandatory materials and keeping them
                                                                                                                  • Used Motor Oil                                                        COLLECtION
                                                         - It’s the Law. The Somerset County Solid Waste          • White Goods & Light Iron
out of any refuse containers holding non-recyclable                                                                                                                       A solid waste hauler and a recycling collection firm
                                                         Management Plan requires that certain materials be       • Wood Scrap
trash.                                                                                                                                                                    may collect your recyclables where available. If you
                                                         kept separate from garbage in order to be recycled.
                                                                                                                                                                          generate a significant amount of recyclables, you
                                                                                                                                                                          should investigate marketing your materials directly
                                                                                                                                                                          in order to minimize costs and maximize revenue
                                                                                                                  * please see reverse side about harzardous batteries    from the sale of materials.

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