Recycling makes $ and sense

| 15 Feb 2012 | 11:33

    Plastics recycling is easy Plastics come in many forms and resins and sometimes consist of laminated layers of different kinds of plastics. Most plastics can be recycled. Always look for recycling logo’s number 1 through 7. Some items may not contain a logo but are still recyclable. When in doubt, recycle it. Here are a list of items that absolutely CAN be recycled: water bottles (clear and translucent) soda, juice, salad dressing bottles margarine, cottage cheese, yogurt tubs/cups frozen microwavable dinner trays, roasted chicken containers, cookie/party trays and lids deli salad containers food storage, Tupperware containers coffee creamer, milk containers shampoo/conditioner/face wash/deodorant/lotion bottles/makeup/cosmetic containers, razors laundry detergent/softener/bleach bottles, cleaning product containers, including spray bottles plastic dinner plates, cups, utensils plastic chip bags, pet food pouches with foil liners styrofoam meat trays (rinsed), and coffee cups (check for logo) coffee cup lids What about all those plastic bags? Everything from shopping bags, produce and food to water softener salt bags, unnecessarily end up in the garbage and create a lot of non-degradable bulk in the waste stream. Good news! The local food stores in town provide convenient plastic bag recycling bins, so every time you go food shopping don’t forget your plastic bags (this includes paper towel and toilet paper plastic wrapping). Always remove any food waste from bags. A shout out to: The township municipal building maintenance staff for their outstanding recycling efforts. Keep up the good work What's new We have a new recycling contract as of Jan. 1, 2012. The township will be receiving $19.60 more per ton for co-mingled over the previous contract which was only .50 cents per ton. The duration of the new contract is for 32 months. Did you know... It takes half a cup of crude oil and three times more water than the bottle size to make one plastic water bottle? This recycling information feature will run bi-weekly in the West Milford Messenger. It is provided by the West Milford Recycling Committee. For more information go to the Recycling Center, 30 Lycosky Drive or call 973-728-2724.