Recycling

Judy Scherf, CRP, Recycling Coordinator
c/o Dept. of Neighborhood Services
18 Fostertown Road
609-654-6791 ext 322 
jscherf@medfordtownship.com 

Click HERE for Medford's Recycling Ordinance 

Burlington County  http://www.co.burlington.nj.us/recycling is responsible for the bi-weekly residential pick-up of basic recyclables. The County has implemented its single stream recycling program. If you need more information please email recycle@co.burlington.nj.us or call the County Recycling Hotline at (609) 267-6889 or the Recycling Office at (609) 499-1001 weekdays between 9 am and 5pm.  

Click HERE and HERE for the County's informational flyer with all the details and the Calendar starting in June of 2017.  

2017 SCHEDULE (every other Tuesday unless noted) 

February - 7th & 21st 

 March - 7th & 21st 

April - 4th & 18th 

May - 2nd, 16th & *31st (Wednesday)  

 

If you need an additional or larger cart, please contact our Recycling Coordinator.  (see above)  Before ordering, please check the size of your current cart.  The first 2 numbers of the cart’s serial number, found on the front of the cart, indicate its size.  Residents may keep the old blue recycling containers, but please note they will no longer be emptied.  If you do not want your old container(s) they may be returned to the Township Garage on Commonwealth Drive @ Gravelly Hollow Road weekdays between 7 am and 2 pm, or on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 8 am until 1pm. 

The Township Garage, located behind Bob Meyer Park on Commonwealth Drive (off Gravelly Hollow Road), is open every weekday (except holidays) from 7:00 am - 2:00 pm to accept ALL recyclables. This includes not only paper, plastic bottles and aluminum cans, but also TVs and computer components, leaves and brush. Recycling can also be dropped off the 3rd Saturday of every month from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm.   

Why recycle?

Recycling saves money!!! Taxpayers save money on disposal costs, as materials that are recycled are not taken to the County landfill, where Medford pays over $80 per ton to dispose of them. If Medford increases its recycling rate by 10%, this equates to a savings of 1 cent of our tax rate!   Since Recycling reduces garbage, it will also extend the life of the Burlington County landfill, which is paid for with your County tax dollars. 

Also, Medford Township receives two State grants for its Recycling efforts, a Clean Communities Grant and a Recycling Tonnage Grant.  These funds supplement your Tax Dollars and allows us to continue and enhance our Recycling efforts. 

Just as important, Recycling conserves natural and nonrenewable resources. Nature's supply of natural (raw) material for people to use is limited. Recycling saves energy. Making products from recycled materials uses less energy than from raw materials. 

HOW CAN I HELP?  USEFUL RECYCLING INFORMATION

Click HERE for a Poster prepared by local Girl Scouts about Littering and HERE for their poster for Respecting our Parks 

Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle

Nonpoint source pollution threatens lakes, rivers, streams, bays and the ocean ... Nonpoint source pollution is the contamination of our waterways as a result of everyday activities such as:

  • Lawn Fertilization
  • Pesticide Application
  • Walking Pets
  • Changing Motor Oil
  • Littering
  • Flushing Prescription & Other Drugs 

Rain washes pollutants from streets and lawns into storm drains that flow into waterways and oceans. The collective impact of nonpoint source pollution threatens:

  • Drinking Water Resources
  • Aquatic And Marine Life
  • Recreational Water Activities
  • The Fishing Industry
  • Tourism

How to prevent nonpoint source pollution...

  • Litter - Place litter, including cigarette butts and fast food containers, in trash receptacles. Never throw litter on streets or down storm drains.
  • Carry In, Carry Out - To reduce litter and disposal costs, state parks have adopted a carry in, carry out policy. This requires visitors to do their part and take home any trash generated. MEDFORD TOWNSHIP HAS A MODIFIED CARRY IN, CARRY OUT POLICY IN ITS PARKS--ALL RECYCLABLES MUST BE TAKEN FROM THE PARKS BY USERS AND PROPERLY DISPOSED OF OFF-PREMISES.   
  • Fertilizers - Over application of fertilizers causes chemical run off into stormdrains eventually ending up in bodies of water. Fertilizers contain nitrates and phosphates that, in abundance, cause blooms of algae that can lead to fish kills. Avoid excessive application of fertilizers and application before a rainfall.
  • Pesticides - many household products made to exterminate pests are also toxic to humans, animals, aquatic life and plants. Follow directions carefully, do not overuse pesticides, and use natural alternatives whenever possible.
  • Household Hazardous Products - Many common household products (such as paint thinners, moth balls, drain and oven cleaners) contain toxic ingredients. When improperly used or discarded, these products are a threat to public health and the environment.DO NOT POUR hazardous products down any drain or toilet.County residents should dispose of hazardous household products at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Call 499-5200 for information or appointment. Use natural or less toxic alternatives whenever possible.
  • Used Motor Oil - Used motor oil contains toxic chemicals that are harmful to animals, humans, and fish. Do not pour used motor oil down storm drains or onto the ground. Recycle all used motor oil by taking it to a service station or local recycling dropoff.
  • Car Washing - Like fertilizers, many car detergents contain phosphates. Read the ingredients and use non-phosphate detergents.
  • Pet Waste - Animal wastes contain bacteria and viruses that may run off into bodies of water causing contamination.
  • Septic Systems - An improperly working septic system can contaminate ground water and create public health problems. Avoid adding unnecessary grease and solids to your septic system. Inspect your septic tank annually, and pump it out at last every three to five years.
  • Unwanted Medications -  Unwanted medications (no needles) can be disposed of, free of charge, at the Public Safety Building (91 Union Street) RX Drop Box located in the lobby.
    Other Burlington County RX Drop Box locations include:
    -Evesham Township Police Department, 984 Tuckerton Road
    -Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, 87th Security Forces Headquaters
    -Medford Lakes Police Department, 1 Cabin Circle Drive
    -Mount Laurel Police Department, 100 Mount Laurel Road (Monday-Friday, 8am – 10pm), weekends and holidays (9am – 6pm)
    -Moorestown Police Department, 1245 N Church Street Suite 2
    -State Police Barracks, Red Lion, 1722 Route 206

State Recycling Goal - 60%

The State of New Jersey set a goal of recycling 60% of its total waste stream. To maintain this goal it is necessary to recycle the mandated "traditional" source separated materials and work to expand the recycling of "non-traditional" materials.

Who Should Recycle?

  • Residents- homeowners and tenants, including occupants of multi-family housing units, are required to recycle cardboard, newspaper, mixed paper, aluminum and steel cans, glass food and beverage containers, and plastic #1 and #2 bottles.
  • Landlords- Owners of multi-family units and condominium associations are required to set up a recycling program for their tenants and members. Convenient storage areas with clearly labeled recycling containers should be provided. If your landlord does not provide you with the above, contact the Neighborhood Services Department at 609-654-6791 x322.
  • Businesses- All owners, lessees or occupants of all public and private businesses, commercial and/or industrial establishments including, but not limited to, manufacturing, retailing and/or service establishment, professional services, profit and/or non-profit corporate entities are required to recycle high grade paper and corrugated cardboard. Food establishments must also recycle food and beverage glass and cans.
  • Institutions- Owners, lessees and occupants of all municipal and state government facilities, all religious, educational and health care facilitates, all public and/or private civic organizations, and all non-profit or for profit organizations are required to separate corrugated cardboard and high grade paper, food and beverage glass and cans.

 

  • Municipal Center Address: 17 North Main Street, Medford, NJ 08055
  • Phone: (609) 654-2608
  • Fax: (609) 953-4087
  • Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30pm