A state-of-the-art landfill, recycling center, composting facility and collection fleet are located at the ACUA Environmental Park in Egg Harbor Township.
ACUA operates a 40 million gallon-per-day wastewater facility in Atlantic City, NJ, which is powered by renewable energy.
We are committed to seeking out the most sustainable and effective technologies to power our facilities and operations.
By Sara Verrillo, Digital Media Specialist
Have you ever wondered why some items are accepted in your curbside recycling bin while others are not? Why a plastic fork is not allowed but a plastic bottle is? There are many complex explanations that can be given, but the main reasons why items are deemed unacceptable are:
1. The item may be inefficient or even
dangerous to sort. Items from your curbside recycling bin are sorted at the
ReCommunity Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) located at our Environmental Park. At the MRF, items are first sorted by the hands of ReCommunity employees. That’s why it’s crucial that dangerous items like sharps and syringes never make their way into curbside
bins. Next, they pass through various machines that were built specifically to sort items accepted in the single-stream program. When other items like plastic bags, hazardous chemicals or large pieces of metal make their way through the machines, they can cause costly breakdowns, or worse, fires and employee
this video to see how the ReCommunity MRF works:
ReCommunity - Materials Recovery Facility from ReCommunity Recycling on Vimeo.
2. There is no market for the item. Recycling markets help dictate the items accepted curbside. Without paper mills eager to accept used paper for reuse there would be no practical reason to collect paper in our recycling bins. A few years ago,
the market for cartons expanded, which made it viable for our program to accept them.
That said, recycling is a long-term commitment. Like other industries, recycling markets fluctuate, and we don’t discontinue recycling when markets are temporarily down. It’s also important to remember that when we purchase items made with recycled content, we encourage businesses to keep
using recycled materials in their products.
3. The item diminishes the value of other
recyclables. Another reason an item may not be accepted is because it can contaminate other recyclables. For example, a plastic take-out container filled with food will contaminate newspaper that’s in the same bin, making it unacceptable to paper mills. Pyrex, although made of glass, is treated with
chemicals that make glass from bottles lose its value when mixed together. Caps and lids are often made from a different grade of plastic than the bottle or container they’re on – that’s why they should be removed.
Like any industry, the recycling industry is continuing to innovate as new items and issues are discovered. Single-stream collection is just one example of that continued innovation. To ensure that recycling is efficient and effective in our local
community, please take a minute to review our
recycling guidelines before placing an item in the bin.
When in doubt, we encourage residents to refer to our
single-stream guidelines, use our
Waste Wizard, or just ask! You can reach us through our
website’s live chat (see bottom right hand corner of your screen),
Twitter, phone call (609.272.6950), or at a local community event.
ACUA Environmental Park6700 Delilah RoadEgg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
ACUA Wastewater Treatment Plant1801 Absecon Blvd.Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Mailing AddressP.O. Box 996Pleasantville, NJ 08232
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