The schedule for curbside recycling collection is changing for Chatham Borough in 2014. Beginning on Jan. 3, recycling collection will take place every Friday.
The change in collection day is happening as a result of the borough starting a new contract with the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority. Kathleen Hourihan, district recycling coordinator with the MCMUA, which operates the curbside recycling program in 15 other communities, said the MCMUA is pleased to begin providing recycling collection once again for the residents of Chatham Borough.
The MCMUA last provided recycling collection to the borough in 1993. With the start of the new shared services contract, the borough’s recyclable material will be delivered to ReCommunity Morris, a recycling facility in Mine Hill. As a result, Hourihan said, there are some changes in the list of acceptable materials.
No longer acceptable are hard cover books, metal pots and pans and plastic items coded #3 and #6. In addition, shredded paper must be in a clear or translucent tied bag, clean aluminum foil, pie plates and trays, paper frozen food boxes, as well as plastic bottles and non-bottle plastics coded with #1 PETE, #2 HDPE, #4 LDPE, #5PP, and #7 OTHER continue to be acceptable recyclables, along with paper corrugated cardboard, chipboard, junk mail, magazines and newspapers.
Bulky plastics and electronics can also be recycled weekly at the borough’s recycling depot at 99 Summit Avenue. Examples of non-bottle plastic items are tubs, yogurt containers, clam-shell containers, frozen food trays, plastic lids, etc. Small plastic items should be at least 6 to 8 ounces in size and lids should be at least 3 inches in diameter in order to be recycled.
Smaller plastic items should be placed in the trash, as they will fall through the sorting system and wind up in the facility’s residue as garbage, said Hourihan. Chatham Borough Mayor Bruce Harris urges residents to follow the new guidelines and to continue to recycle all recyclable materials.
The numbers for the plastic containers are found inside the triangular recycling symbol that is stamped on the bottom of plastic containers, Harris said. Hourihan noted recycling containers should be at curbside the night before the collection day, and the maximum weight of a curbside recycling container and its contents is 50 pounds. Mayor Harris added that more information about the recycling schedule and material preparation guidelines can be found in the borough’s calendar, which will distributed to homes at the end of December. Additionally, residents can visit the borough’s website, www.chathamborough.org.