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Single Stream Recycling to Begin in Sayreville

Residents can now mix paper with bottles and cans in one container as part of the new single stream recycling plan


As of March 30, the Middlesex County Improvement Authority will be transitioning its recycling program to single-stream collection.

For the MCIA’s 14 participating municipalities, this eliminates the need for separating recyclables prior to curbside pick-ups. This change will make recycling that much more convenient for the residents of Middlesex County, according to MCIA Executive Director Richard Pucci.

This frees up more time for the consumer,” said Recycling Manager Ed Windas. “Residents no longer have to place recyclables in specified containers. We’re recycling the same items; only now, they dispose of them collectively.”

Items accepted include newspaper and mixed paper, cardboard, cans, bottles and plastics. Once collected, these recyclables are taken to an in-County processing facility, where sensors and state-of-the-art equipment are used for sorting of materials.

This is more than just a growing trend,” said MCIA Liaison and Middlesex County Freeholder Deputy Director Carol Barrett Bellante. “This is the future of the industry, and we are elated to usher in this new era of recycling.”

Current participating communities in the MCIA Recycling Program include Cranbury, Dunellen, Helmetta, Jamesburg, Middlesex, Monroe, New Brunswick, Old Bridge, Piscataway, Plainsboro, Sayreville, South Amboy, South River and Spotswood.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection ranked Middlesex County number one in recycling this year,” Bellante said. “Thanks to the MCIA’s Program and our diligent residents, we recycled 65 percent of our total waste stream. Since 1995, this is the fifth time Middlesex County has received this distinction and the 16th time its surpassed the State’s 60-percent annual recycling goal.”

For further details on the Recycling Program, log onto the MCIA’s website at or call the Recycling Division at 1-800-488-6242 (MCIA).

Recyclables should not be placed in plastic bags.

  • Top 5 Reasons to Recycle

  • Conserves natural resources.

    Recycling conserves natural resources such as trees, water and minerals — preserving the environment for future generations.

  • Reduces the need for landfills.

    Recycling reduces the need for landfills and incinerators because when materials are recycled, less waste is sent to disposal facilities.

  • Prevents pollution.

    Recycling prevents pollution and reduces greenhouse gas emissions caused by the extracting and processing of raw materials.

  • Saves energy.

    Recycling saves energy by eliminating the need to extract and process raw materials.

  • Creates jobs.

    Recycling helps create new jobs in the United States for both the recycling industry and manufacturing.



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