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6/9/2014 - Recycling Coordinator Reports a Continued Good Rate for Park Ridge's 2013 Recycling Tonnage

Peter Wayne who is the General Supervisor of the Department of Public Works and the Borough’s Certified Recycling Coordinator is pleased to report that the Borough has continued to have a very good recycling rate for the Borough’s annual recycling tonnage.  Each year, a report listing all of the items recycled in Park Ridge by both the residential and commercial properties during the preceding year needs to be reported to the NJDEP by the end of April.  The recycled materials include all of the items the Borough picks up from the residents during the curbside collections (commingled and paper), items recycled at the recycling center, and items recycled at the commercial establishments and the schools.

The total weight of all the materials recycled in 2013 was 9,161.16 tons which is only a slight decrease from the 9,177.72 tons collected in 2012 even with a significant reduction in the Brush and Tree parts which had a high rate in 2012 due to Super Storm Sandy.   The following table shows a detailed comparison of the items recycled in 2011, 2012 and 2013:

Annual Recycling Tonnage Comparison
  2013 2012 2011
 Aluminum Containers        27.07       39.99       28.21
 Anti-freeze          0.33         0.18            -  
 Batteries (Automobile)          2.74         1.89         0.60
 Batteries (Dry Cell)             -           0.02            -  
 Brush/Tree Parts      392.13  1,353.38  1,979.78
 Concrete / Asphalt / Brick / Block   3,172.47  2,376.13     257.00
 Consumer Electronics        39.90       40.11       84.04
 Corrugated      825.26     710.00     557.05
 Fluorescent Lights             -              -           0.47
 Food Waste          9.89       13.28       11.21
 Glass Containers      490.64     397.61     371.85
 Grass Clippings      333.32     359.26     365.13
 Heavy Iron          0.32            -              -  
 Leaves   2,598.08  2,779.20  2,315.00
 Mixed Office Paper      131.57       77.03       74.00
 Newspaper      433.66     217.98     225.28
 NonFerrous/Aluminum Scrap          1.09         0.99         0.55
 Oil Contaminated Soil      140.55     214.78       37.65
 Other Material Not Listed        45.75       76.25       45.53
 Other Paper/Mag/JunkMail      261.41     177.47     171.14
 Other Plastic          2.08         1.98         1.51
 Plastic Containers        79.17     149.67     104.42
 Steel Containers        56.41       50.24       31.60
 Stumps          7.50         0.50            -  
 Textiles             -              -           2.10
 Tires          3.38         3.56         5.40
 Used Motor Oil          9.48       13.87       13.35
 White Goods & Light Iron        96.96     122.35     104.94
 Totals   9,161.16  9,177.72  6,787.81

Peter is very pleased with the continued recycling performed by the residents, schools and at the Borough facilities.  There has also been good cooperation with recycling and reporting by the commercial properties. 

Along with being very good for the environment, there is a financial benefit of the increased recycling due to the reduction in the cost for the disposal of the materials as solid waste.  The Borough also receives an annual recycling grant from the State which is based on the annual tonnage.

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