Recycling And Solid Waste Management

The Recycling and Solid Waste Management Division is responsible for educating residents and implementing and enforcing state mandated recycling programs.  The New Jersey Solid Waste Management Act requires that each municipality provide for the removal of recyclables from the solid waste stream in order to reduce the volume of solid waste entering landfills, conserve vital natural resources, and save energy and disposal costs.

The City of Vineland utilizes a single stream recycling program which allows residents to combine all of their household generated recyclable material, including glass, metal, plastic, cardboard, and paper products, into one container. The city also offers specific programs for the recycling and proper disposal of a variety of other items which are not part of the single stream program. Thanks to your cooperation, we can all be proud of the fact that Vineland is one of the top recycling municipalities in the state of New Jersey, with a recycling rate of nearly 60%.

The Division also oversees the city’s garbage contractor.  Residents receive two trash collection days and one recycling day per week on a Monday/Thursday, Tuesday/Friday, or Wednesday/Saturday schedule.  All of the material collected is disposed of at the Cumberland County Solid Waste Complex in Deerfield Township.

The Division has dedicated Code Enforcement officers who monitor compliance of the various Solid Waste and Recycling programs in the City of Vineland.

The Division is also responsible for administering the Vineland Clean Communities Program, which is part of the New Jersey Clean Communities Program.  This comprehensive litter abatement effort incorporates the elements of cleanup, enforcement, and education into a three-pronged approach to help minimize trash in our communities and protect our environment.  As part of the Vineland Program, individuals, schools, organizations, and groups can adopt a city road, park, neighborhood, block, or spot in order to help keep the area clean and litter free.  All of the safety equipment necessary for the cleanup is provided by the program, and participating groups are recognized with roadside signage.

The Division works in close cooperation with the Cumberland County Improvement Authority, which manages the Solid Waste Complex, and oversees county-wide recycling and clean communities programs.

Get a recycling container

Red Recycling Containers are available free of charge to owners of Vineland residential properties only.  No containers will be given to commercial properties such as mobile home parks, apartment complexes, or businesses.  When picking up a replacement container:

  • Return the old, broken container. The plastic will be recycled.
  • Bring proof of residence.

Containers are available for pickup at the Material Handling Facility at 1271 S. Mill Road, just south of Walnut Road, Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, and Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  For more information, please call (856) 794-4089.

WHAT IS PRECYCLING?

Precycling means preventing waste before it happens.  By reducing, reusing, and buying consciously, we can minimize the amount of waste we create, conserve resources, and save money.

Top 3 Precycle Tips:

  • Avoid excess packaging.
  • Buy items that will last.
  • Reuse as much as you can.

Precycling is thinking about the products you buy and the packaging they come in.   Here are more easy Precycling tips you can follow every day.

At School:

  • Use both sides of your paper.
  • Save scraps to use in making crafts.
  • Bring a “waste less” lunch using reusable containers in a reusable lunch bag.
  • Set up a “reuse centre” for binders, folders, report covers and other supplies.

At Home:

  • Bring your own bag to the store when shopping instead of using paper bags.
  • Use rechargeable batteries.
  • Use cloth instead of paper towels.
  • Use glasses, coffee mugs and regular plates rather than disposable paper plates and cups.
  • Don’t use Styrofoam cups or plates. They are the most difficult to break down in the landfill and contain polystyrene.
  • Donate clothing, toys and appliances to charities and non-profit organizations (in good condition).
  • Repair broken items.
  • Use glass food jars or plastic containers for storage.
  • Save used brown paper bags, twist ties, plastic food bags, foam packing chips, gift wrap, holiday cards for reuse.
  • Donate used magazines and books to the doctor’s office, seniors’ homes or the local library before recycling them.

HOME IMPROVEMENT TRASH GUIDELINES

When doing home improvement projects, remember these guidelines when placing trash at the curbside for collection:

  • All trash must be bagged or in containers. A small amount of wood can be placed curbside if it is not longer than four feet in length and is bundled and tied or in containers.  More than two bundles is considered to be construction/demolition debris and will not be collected.
  • No construction or renovation material is permitted at the curb. Your contractor can usually remove it for you, but if they don’t, then you are responsible for its removal.
  • Consider recycling whenever possible for materials such as wood, asphalt shingles, brick, concrete, and metal/aluminum. You can call nearby companies like Winzinger’s in Franklinville at (856) 694-2887), South State in Bridgeton at (856) 451-5300, South Jersey Agricultural Products in Elmer (856) 358-0990, or call the Recycling  Division at (856) 794-4089 for additional recycling centers in the South Jersey area.
  • Appliances and White Goods will be picked up by calling (856) 794-4089 or (856) 794-4082 to schedule an appointment.
  • Remember that asbestos is a hazardous waste, and must be prepared and disposed accordingly.
  • Rugs and floor coverings placed curbside must be rolled and tied securely and be not more than 4 feet in length or weigh more than 40-45 pounds. More than 2 bundles curbside is considered to be construction/demolition debris and will be declined.

For any other questions regarding trash removal, please call the Division of Recycling and Solid Waste Management office at (856) 794-4089.

CLEANING WITH A CONSCIENCE

The following information is courtesy of Earth Share, the Environmental Hazards Management Institute, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Planning to refinish some furniture this spring? Use water-based or vegetable-based paints, stains, and varnishes. Remember; don’t wash paint thinners, household cleaners, oil, or pesticides down the drain. Instead, use them up or give leftovers to friends or a charity. If not, store them in a safe manner and bring them to the next Household Hazard Waste Cleanup Day sponsored by the Cumberland County Improvement Authority.

Adding new color to your walls this spring? When painting, don’t sand or burn off paint that may contain lead. Lead particles in the paint could cause lead poisoning. If your paint is peeling, use a wet sponge or mop to clean up the debris instead of sanding. Never vacuum the dust or chips from lead paint; it will only disperse more lead dust into the air.

Getting rid of stuff in your garage or attic?  Hold a yard sale or talk to neighbors and organize a community yard sale. You’ll increase neighborhood relationships, earn extra cash, and help the environment at the same time. If a yard sale seems too much work, donate your stuff to a local nonprofit thrift store such as the Salvation Army or the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Does your water bill seem high? Wasted water hurts the environment and your checkbook. Always fix leaky faucets in your house. Often a five-minute project can save gallons of water. You can also place a large rock in a toilet’s tank to save water when flushing. Be sure to check hoses and sprinklers periodically and fix leaks.

We spend hundreds of $$$ a year on cleaning supplies. This spring, make your own cleaning agents with easy recipes. The recipes are also friendly to the environment and bank account. A few are listed below:

  • Countertops, cupboards, and walls – Dip a cloth in warm water, then add dish soap and baking soda (the baking soda serves as a soft abrasive to remove tough spots and light scratches).
  • Air fresheners – Simmer a small amount of cinnamon, orange peel, and cloves on the stove to give off a pleasant fragrance in your home.
  • Glass cleaner – Mix two tablespoons borax or washing soda with three cups of water for sparkling windows and mirrors, or just plain white vinegar in a spray bottle.
  • Carpet freshener – Sprinkle baking soda (2/3 cup covers 9’x12’) on the carpet and vacuum.
  • Mothballs – Cedar chips or lavender flowers.
  • Rug stains – Rub borax into dampened area, let dry, then vacuum or repeatedly blot stain with a mixture of vinegar and soapy water.
  • Drain cleaner – Plunger, flush with boiling water, ¼ cup baking soda, and 2 oz. vinegar.
  • Refrigerator deodorizer – Place open box of baking soda on shelf. Replace every three months.
  • Mildew build-up – Make a paste of vinegar and salt, and apply to built-up area.
  • Furniture polish – Combine 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1 cup vegetable oil or olive oil. Apply to rag.
  • More cleaning tips – When buying cleaning products, look for non-toxic, biodegradable, phosphate free, and chlorine-free. Reduce paper use. Use rags, not paper towels and cloth napkins instead of paper.
  • Properly maintain home appliances by keeping them clean – It’ll help them run at peak efficiency. This saves electricity, which conserves resources and reduces global warming. Remove lint and dust from your refrigerator coil and freezer. Clean up lint around your dryer, furnace, and any vents leading to or from them. Also, change or clean the filter in your air purifier or furnace.

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