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Montville to Refuse Pickup of Recyclables with Plastic Bags

For financial reasons, the township will not collect recyclables that have plastic bags.

Plastic bags will no longer be accepted with recycling pickups, Montville Township announced.

“Since Montville Township has moved to a Single Stream Recycling-Curbside Collection every Wednesday, our recycling tonnage has increased annually,” the township said.

The township's hauler said some residents are using and/or placing plastic bags of various sizes, such as grocery store plastic bags, in their recycling bins.

These plastic bags are not allowed and are not being accepted by the township’s recycling materials purchasers. 

“Additionally, if this material has to be separated at the processing level, Montville Township will risk receiving added solid waste processing costs,” said the township. “Moreover, our waste hauler is not required by contract to take plastic bags. Please do not place plastic bags within your recycling receptacle containers or dumpsters or your recyclables will not be picked up. Your efforts to continue to recycle all those materials that are recyclable have had a direct impact on reducing our overall solid waste costs, please continue to recycle, but just leave the plastic bags out.”

The township suggests placing shredded paper products in paper bags or cardboard container. 

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