Union County, New Jersey – April 4, 2022 – Union County residents with questions about recycling rules can get all the answers from Recycle Coach, a free app for all mobile devices.
“Easy access to information is key to increasing our countywide recycling rate,” Union County Commissioner Chairwoman Rebecca Williams said. “With Recycle Coach, you’ll never have to wonder what belongs in your recycling bin again.”
The Recycle Coach app helps prevent the scourge of “wish-cycling”, the practice of putting random items in recycling bins. These items contaminate the recycling stream. They lead to additional sorting and higher costs for the recycler. In extreme cases, an entire load may be rejected.
The Recycle Coach app offers a user-friendly “what goes where?” interface. » search tool that prevents the cycle of wishes. It provides quick answers to questions such as:
- Where does an old teapot go?
- Can I recycle polystyrene packing blocks?
- What to do with leftover house paint?
- How are used pizza boxes recycled?
Recycle Coach is tailored to each municipality in Union County. Users can get full details on their local curbside collection programs. Also included are schedules and countywide program information hosted by the Union County Recycling and Planning Office.
Users can create and customize notifications for schedules and events.
Statistics show that wish cycling is most common in the areas of non-recyclable plastic bags and plastic containers, food, and clothing.
Union County residents can help reduce wish cycling by adhering to the following guidelines:
- Never throw plastic bags in a recycling bin. Clean plastic bags can be reused or put in a grocery drop box for recycling. To avoid excess plastic at home, bring reusable bags when shopping.
- Place only accepted plastic containers in a recycling bin. All municipalities in Union County accept containers stamped #1 or #2. The stamp is usually found at the bottom of the item. Check your local program to see if #5 plastics are accepted.
- Donate used clothing in good condition to a local charity. If the item cannot be cleaned or repaired, dispose of it in household trash.
- Use leftovers to avoid food waste. Residents with access to a yard can start a garden compost pile, where vegetable scraps can decompose naturally.
The Union County Office of Recycling and Planning is hosting the following free recycling events countywide:
Paper shredding – secure disposal and recycling of sensitive or personal documents (residential use only; business papers are not accepted at these events).
Hazardous household waste – environmentally friendly disposal of common household chemicals, hobby supplies and more (residential only / no business waste)
Scrap – wide variety of metal items accepted, from pots and pans to gutters, fences and sheds
For details on countywide drop-off programs, use Recycle Coach or visit uncj.org/recycling. To contact the Office, use the online form at ucnj.org/recycling or call 908-654-9890.
Residents, school groups and community organizations can also attend a free “How to Recycle Properly” webinar to get the latest updates and information in person from the Union County Office of Recycling and Planning. The webinars will take place on Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. and Monday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Details and registration links for both webinars are available at ucnj.org/recycle.
For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution, and other emergency services. support, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available from the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.
For all Union County programs and services, visit ucnj.org, call the public information line at 877-424-1234, email [email protected], or use the online contact form .
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