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As a resident of Hudson County, NJ, I’ve always been curious about recycling. I want to look into various problems regarding recycling and write about it here. First I must do some research. Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

In NJ, counties are responsible for recycling. Here’s what Hudson County says about recycling:


On the above link you will also see tabs about various recycling issues.  Much to my surprise one of the tabs, Municipal Recycling, has a tab for each town. Here’s the text specifically for Bayonne, the town I live in:

“Each municipality has its own rules regarding recycling. The following contact information is provided as a courtesy. If you have questions regarding recycling in your community, please contact your local recycling coordinator.
Bayonne Recycling Coordinator:
John Budnick 

I’ll have to call this number and see what happens. I’ll let you know the results in my next blog.

While you are under RECYCLING 101, click on the tab for My Waste. It gives you a Menu where you can check to see what waste is recyclable. It even INCLUDES THE RECYCLING OF PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS.  Who knew?

I’ll save you a few seconds and quote the best part about the recycling of plastic bags:
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“In New Jersey, plastic shopping bags are recyclable—but not in your curbside bin.
     When they get into your municipality’s recycling stream, they can clog up or damage recycling center processing equipment the way hair clogs up the rollers of a vacuum. This causes delays and slows down the recycling process, making it more expensive for your community to recycle.

     Other stretchy plastics, such as produce and bread bags, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves, paper towel/toilet paper over-wrap and other plastic film packaging can also clog up recycling processing equipment. These stretchy plastics should not be placed into your curbside recycling bin.

So how do you properly handle all those plastic bags?

Many stores and other entities accept plastic bags and other stretchy plastic for recycling at in-store collection bins like:

A&P Food Stores, ACME, Emerson Cleaners, Foodtown, Home Depot, JCPenny, Lowe's, McCaffrey's, Pathmark, Sam's Club, Shop Rite, Stop & Shop, Target, Walmart, Wegmans Food Market Inc., Weis Market, and Whole Foods.

Contact your local supermarket to find out if they have a plastic bag recycling program, or suggest that they start one!

When it's recycled, your plastic bag could become plastic lumber to make park benches, decks, fences or playground equipment, but best of all, by recycling your bags properly, you’re keeping them out of our environment.  If you’d like to cut back on using plastic bags, consider using reusable shopping bags.”

Now all we have to do is call the store and see how they actually recycle the plastic shopping bags. I’ll do that and get back to you on this also.

With all this citizen involvement going on in regard to recycling, I guess we don’t really need a shopping bag ordinance in Bayonne, we just need to follow the rules!

In case you need to look at the garbage pick-up schedule again, have a look at this link:

I’ll post again in a week with the answers to these questions:

1. What does Recycling Coordinator, John Budnick, have to tell me about Recycling in Bayonne?

2. What do Shop Rite and Stop& Shop do with all those recycled bags?

See you again soon!

--Pat Hilliard, Blogger, Author and Freelance Writer
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