Recycling in New Jersey can be quite confusing at times, but skipping it is still not an option. You surely do not need to be briefed about the benefits that recycling has on the environment and the consequences of not doing it. There are many ways in which materials can be recycled, but whichever options are chosen, the processes must meet state requirements. New Jersey has many policies regarding recycling of waste and all of these must be followed. In fact, no waste management company can set up a plant until it has received approval and follows the set standards.
The laws of recycling are quite extensive and cover many different aspects. As per the rules, all recycling materials in New Jersey can be classified into different classes, for each of which recycling is accomplished through varying processes. Here is a look at the main classes.
Class A Recycling Materials
The New Jersey Class A recycling materials comprise of all traditional materials. The list is quite long and extensive, including many common products such as cardboard, glass bottles and so on. All these recyclables are regarded as post-consumer materials, meaning those items that can be thrown outside after use and collected at one site. When enough of these have been gathered, a waste management company recycles them with any suitable technique. Since recycling these substances is usually not that difficult, there are no set procedures and in many cases, a formal approval is not required.
Class B Recycling Materials
This class comprises of demolition and construction materials such as wood, concrete, asphalt, shingles and tires. These materials are either pre-consumer or post-consumer, and are recycled by complex techniques. No waste management company can practice recycling of these substances until it has gained approval by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection or NJDEP.
Class C Recycling Materials
C is for Compost, and so the C category includes all compost materials. Leaves, grass, and all other similar materials are considered as Class C Recyclables. Once again, an NJDEP approval is mandatory before Class C materials can be recycled.
Class D Recycling Materials
This class includes a mix of recyclables that are referred to as ‘universal wastes’ because they are obtained from different sectors like oil, metals and electronics. The recyclables can either be pre-consumer or post-consumer materials.