Jersey City conducts recyclable material compliance
Jersey City— Hudson County
executive Thomas DeGise, Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy,
Hudson County Improvement Authority (HCIA) Executive Director
Norman Guerra and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell announced that DEP will conduct
countywide compliance inspections of recyclable material generators
in Hudson County. The June compliance sweep will help to ensure
that recyclable material is properly handled.
“The Hudson County recycling
sweep will improve compliance and help to meet the state’s
goal of recycling 50 percent of the municipal solid waste stream,”
said Commissioner Campbell. “Recycling is not optional in
New Jersey, it is the law.”
The Hudson recycling sweep is
part of DEP’s statewide initiative to increase recycling.
On March 31, Commissioner Campbell announced a new solid waste
management plan that focuses on boosting recycling rates across
New Jersey. The new plan aims to expand recycling opportunities
for various materials at schools, multi-family housing complexes,
and small- and medium-sized businesses. As part of the plan, each
county will be required to identify local strategies to establish
and achieve recycling tonnage targets. County plans will include
methods for public promotion of new opportunities and methods
for enforcing local recycling mandates.
The Recycling Compliance and
Enforcement Sweep will focus on colleges, schools, hotels, motels,
law firms, fitness facilities, motion picture theaters and sports
and recreation clubs. Bowling centers, photocopying and duplicating
service providers, nonresidential building operators, insurance
brokers, banks, department stores, bus and taxi companies, and
convenience stores may also be affected by this initiative.
The DEP and HCIA will conduct
the recycling sweep in two phases. The first phase, known as the
Compliance Sweep, will begin this month and will focus on providing
outreach and assistance to known and potentially regulated individuals,
businesses and government operations. Prior to conducting inspections,
DEP and HCIA will meet and work cooperatively with business representatives
to help regulated entities comply with environmental laws.
The second phase, known as the
Enforcement Sweep, will involve a large-scale, unannounced inspection
Inspectors will assess the following:
- Do generators separate recyclable
material from regular trash and store these items in separate
- Do generators have a written
contract with a private refuse removal firm for the pickup of
recyclable materials? This requirement does not pertain to sites
whose recyclable materials are managed by the municipality.
- If an inspected entity has
a contract with a private firm, the recycling services must
be articulated in the contract/billing statements?
- Do refuse removal firms ensure
that recyclable materials are not mixed with regular trash in
the same truck?
DEP and HCIA will address non-compliance
found during the Compliance and Enforcement Sweep by issuing Notices
of Violation and penalties where appropriate.
DEP is responsible for compliance
with the state’s recycling mandates under the Statewide
Mandatory Source Separation and Recycling Act, which was enacted
by the state of New Jersey in 1987.