Recycling Information For 2021
Recycling is the Law…
All residents are reminded that recycling is mandatory statewide. By removing recyclables from the regular trash flow, we help save our environment and save tax dollars that would otherwise be spent on trash disposal fees.
HOW TO RECYCLE
Recycling carts are collected every other week at curb side. Use your cart space wisely. Compress and flatten recyclables to maximize cart space. Cardboard must be broken down and placed vertically in cart so that the cart will empty properly. All recyclable material must fit in cart with the lid closed in order to be picked up. NO PLASTIC BAGS. All containers should be empty and rinsed and all recyclables must be kept as dry as possible. If you received a recycling cart, it must be used. Additional recycling material left outside recycling cart will be collected by a different truck. Any oversized cardboard that cannot be broken down (remove bubble wrap, plastic bags & styrofoam), call the GTMUA for a scheduled pick-up.
WHAT TO RECYCLE
Only recycling items listed below go into the recycling cart/container or the material will not be collected.
GLASS CONTAINERS that were previously used for food or beverages. These containers may be clear, brown or green glass.
METAL CONTAINERS refers to aluminum, tin or bi-metal food and beverage containers.
PLASTIC CONTAINERS that only display the plastic class types #1 & #2 recycling triangle. These containers could have been used for food, juice, milk, soda, water; without the lids.
RESIDENTIAL PAPER refers to newspaper and all of its inserts, catalogs, chipboard (beer & soda cartons), cereal boxes, computer paper, envelopes, gift boxes, greeting cards, junk mail, magazines, office paper, paper toilet/towel rolls, phone books, text books (without hard covers) and work books. Also, all types of flattened - folded in half/cut down corrugated cardboard (put in cart vertically so cart will completely empty.
WHAT NOT TO PUT IN THE RECYCLING CART/BUCKET: No grass, leaves, brush, batteries, electronics, construction debris, diapers, pizza boxes, styrofoam, vinyl, food, pet waste, liquids or trash of any kind. PLASTIC BAGS: DO NOT put plastic bags in your recycling cart/bucket. Do not bag recyclables. Plastic bags are the worst contaminant in the recycling stream. Return plastic bags to retailers.
DO NOT RECYCLE - These items are to be thrown out with your regular trash:
Glass: auto glass, ceramics, drinking glasses, window glass, mirrors and light bulbs.
Metal: aerosol cans, coat hangers, paint cans, pots, pans or scrap metals.
Plastic: anti-freeze or auto oil containers, bubble wrap, children's toys, flower pots, laundry baskets/buckets, lids, microwave food trays, plastic bags, plastic plates or utensils.
Paper: foil or wax coated cardboard (ice cream containers and frozen juice cartons, frozen dinner boxes), hard cover books, napkins, paper cups, pizza boxes, plates, shredded paper, tissues, towels and wrapping paper.
RECYCLING CONTAINERS Multi-family properties that need an additional 96-gallon recycling cart should call the GTMUA at (856) 227-5665. Carts are only available through the GTMUA. All carts are the property of Gloucester Township and must be left at your house if you move. Recycling carts used for any other purpose other than recycling will be confiscated. Please do not put any markings on your cart as it is Township property; each cart has an identification number and a RFID tag which will correspond with your address.
GRASS CLIPPINGS will be collected as follows:
March 15 to October 31 - The GTMUA collects grass clippings WEEKLY on the same day as your regular recycling day. Example: Your recycling day is every other Monday - your clippings will be picked up every Monday. Grass clippings can be placed into a two handled container, a compostable brown lawn bag or a trash bag left untied at the curb. Maximum weight for each bag or container is 40 pounds. A maximum of 20 bags per week is allowed.
November 1 until March 14 - GTPW collects EVERY WEEK on your regular recycling day with the exception of Friday, which will be picked up on Thursday. GTPW will not accept trash bags. Please note: grass clippings generated by a commercial landscaper will not be collected by the Township.
LEAVES will be collected as follows:
January 1 to March 14 - GTPW collects WEEKLY on your regular recycling day with the exception of Friday, which will be picked up on Thursday.
March 15 to October 31 - The GTMUA collects leaves WEEKLY on the same day as your regular recycling day. Example: Your recycling day is every other Friday - your leaves will be picked up every Friday. Leaves can be placed into a two handled container, a compostable brown bag or a trash bag left at the curb. Maximum weight for each bag or container is 40 pounds. A maximum of 20 bags per week is allowed.
November 1 to December 31 - GTPW collects according the the fall leaf schedule. Residents are reminded to rake their leaves to the curbside only during the fall leaf schedule. Please do not park your vehicles in front of leaves during your collection week.
BRUSH must be cut into 4-foot lengths and tied into bundles not to exceed 40 pounds each (as per Ordinance Chapter 58A). Brush will be collected WEEKLY by Public Works; on your regular recycling day with the exception of Friday, which will be picked up on Thursday.
FIREWOOD Residents are to notify the Public Works Department at 228-3144 prior to pick-up.
STUMPS are collected every 3-4 weeks. Residents are to notify the Public Works Department at 228-3144 prior to pick up.
YARD WASTE: DIRT/SOD & GARDEN/LAWN DEBRIS (mulch, pulled grass/weeds and plants) must be in a separate brown lawn bag or container. This collection by Public Works is WEEKLY on the regular recycling day with the exception of Friday, which will be picked up on Thursday. Please note: make sure any bucket/container used has two handles and is no larger than 32-gallons. Your old yellow recycling buckets may be used. Please keep brush/debris separate from grass clippings and leaves. Grass clippings and leaves can be mixed together as the GTMUA recycles those into organic compost.
ELECTRONICS Electronic Waste Management Act makes it mandatory to recycle all electronics as of January 1, 2011. Household electronics may be dropped off at the Public Works Building located at 1729 Erial Rd., Blackwood; between the hours of 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday - Thursday. Proof of residency required. Residents must call Public Works by Tuesday @ 4:00pm to schedule a Wednesday curbside pick-up.
WHITE GOODS refrigerators, freezers, stoves, ovens, washers, dryers, water heaters and air conditioners are collected on Wednesdays. Residents must call Public Works by Tuesday @ 4:00pm to schedule a Wednesday curbside pick-up. Please remove doors of all appliances prior to leaving at curbside.
MOTOR OIL, CAR BATTERIES AND ANTI-FREEZE may be brought to the Public Works Department at 1729 Erial Road (just past College Drive).
CONCRETE, BRICK OR RUBBLE a limited amount may also be disposed of at the Public Works garage, but there is no curbside pick-up of this material. Residents must show the yard attendants proof of Township residency.
Includes automotive liquids, chemicals, fuels, household cleaners, paint related products (oil paints), pesticides and solvents. These hazardous materials cannot be disposed of with your regular trash. The Camden County Division of Environmental Affairs will take your hazardous materials. Please check their website @ www.camdencounty.com or call (856) 858-5241 for their 2020 disposal locations and drop-off dates. One will be held in Gloucester Township @ Camden County College.
WATER BASED LATEX PAINT-ONLY
Water based latex paint only (cleans up with soap & water) can be disposed of in your regular trash once it has dried out. DO NOT RECYCLE. To achieve the drying out technique: put a strong plastic bag in a cardboard box, then place kitty litter or sand into the plastic bag. Pour the water based paint into the plastic bag. If needed, add more kitty litter or sand. When the paint is dried out, tie the plastic bag and discard into the trash. When the inside of the empty paint can has hardened, you may now dispose of it in the regular trash with the lid off.
SYRINGES & NEEDLES
DO NOT RECYCLE. Use a needle clipper (from pharmacy). After clipping off the needle, put in an old coffee can or laundry detergent bottle and seal original lid shut with duct tape. Write on container, "syringes-do not recyle" and throw in trash.
May be disposed of at the Police Station. They have a mail box slot that is to be used to discard unwanted medications.
Trash Collection will continue on the present schedule. Residents are urged to follow the same collection guidelines as before. If you have any questions, call Solterra Recycling Solutions at (609) 771-8005.
Tires, only two (2) tires per household with the metal rims removed, will be collected on your weekly trash day.
Sinks and Toilets will be picked up at curbside on your weekly trash day.
Any questions or concerns with collection, please contact the following:
Solterra Recycling Solutions (609) 771-8005
GTMUA (856) 227-5665 or (856) 227-8666
Grass clippings (Weekly 3/15-10/31)
Leaves (Weekly 3/15-10/31 Open bags or in 2-handled cans Only)
Recyclables are every other week
Public Works Dept. (856) 228-3144, or (856) 228-4000, Ext. 517 (No Collections on Friday)
Air Conditioners, Freezers, & Refrigerators
Electronics, dropped off or call for pick-up
Brush, Dirt/Sod & Garden/Lawn Debris (Weekly)
Leaves - When in brown paper lawn bags or two handle containers (Every week 11/1 - 3/14)
Vacuumed Leaves - Check with Public Works for Fall & Spring collection dates
Grass Clippings (Every week 11/1 - End of Grass Season)