Recycling 101

Did you know that most items we use on daily basis can be recycled?


In Hudson County, recycling has become an important method of waste management. Materials that were once thought to be unrecyclable are now being commonly recycled. However, there are still some materials that can not be recycled and those that can be need to be prepared correctly for recycling so that they can be reprocessed into new products.

Paper
Paper and paper products comprise approximately 32% of the waste stream in Hudson County. There are many different types of paper:

  • Corrugated Cardboard
    Although you would think many packages such as cereal boxes, egg cartons and the like are made from cardboard, these are actually made of chipboard or paperboard. When recyclers say cardboard, they mean the heavy cardboard usually found in boxes used for packing materials (two layers with a “waffle” layer in between).
  • Chipboard & Paperboard
    Chipboard & Paperboard ARE recyclable in all municipalities. Single-ply paper packaging, such as cereal boxes and gift boxes, are currently accepted for recycling in Hudson County municipalities. This material is of a very low quality and has usually been recycled before it comes to you as packaging.
  • Mixed Paper
    Don’t forget to recycle your mixed paper! You can recycle unwanted mail, greeting cards, gift wrap, magazines, books (remove hard covers), and other scrap paper.
  • Phone Books
    Formerly, Hudson County municipalities have participated in telephone book recycling programs sponsored by the former Bell Atlantic. Now, telephone books can be included with your community’s mixed paper collection. Over the years, several hundred tons of telephone books have been collected for recycling.
  • Hi-Grade Office & Computer Paper
    This paper includes white letterhead, copy and computer paper. As a separate commodity, it usually commands a higher price.

Plastics
Plastics can be very mysterious because each type is made up of different chemical components. Therefore, it is essential that only similar types get recycled together.

For Better Recycling
Sorting different types of plastic is essential to producing high quality recycled products. Check with your local recycling coordinator as to which types of plastics are collected by your municipality.

Glass
Recycle only glass bottles and jars from food, beverages and medicine. Do not recycle light bulbs, glassware, ceramics and window glass, which are each made of different ingredients, and by different processes.

Aluminum, Tin and Steel Cans
Typically, the only kind of aluminum your town wants set out for curbside collection is aluminum beverage cans. You can test if a can is aluminum or steel by using a magnet: a magnet won’t stick to aluminum. Unless indicated differently, glass, aluminum, steel and tin cans can be commingled for collection.