Beginning Monday, November 6, Montclair will begin including #5 plastics – typically found in yogurt cups and some other food containers – in our recycling collection.
As a reminder, in Montclair we collect two separate categories, or “streams”, of household recyclables:
1) Mixed Paper, which includes newspapers, magazines, junk mail, office paper, boxes, cardboard, and other clean dry paper; and
2) Commingled, which is the metal, glass, and plastic bottles and cans.
In the past Montclair had to limit our accepted plastics to only those marked #1 or #2 in the recycling logo – found on the bottom of all plastic containers. Virtually all plastic bottles (and jugs) are marked #1 or #2.
Additionally, poly-laminated paper beverage containers (milk and juice cartons), and aseptic packaging containers (typically small juice and drink containers popular with schoolkids, and for other liquid foods), should now be added to the Commingled mix; they must be empty and flattened, with caps or straws discarded.
“Recycle Right!” Only place proper recyclables in your recycling bin. Never include plastic bags (they are accepted at Whole Foods Market). Residents can always find recycling information on the Township website.