WHY SHOULD YOUR BUSINESS RECYCLE?
IT’S THE LAW. AND THERE ARE OTHER BENEFITS, TOO!
To sign-up or request more information for ACUA’s Business Recycling Services, click here.
Click here to see what materials are accepted in ACUA's single stream recycling collection program.
WHAT CAN ACUA PROVIDE TO HELP YOUR BUSINESS?
Businesses can take advantage of the following services to make the most of their recycling program:
• FREE Waste Audits
• FREE Weekly Recycling Collection Services to most Atlantic County Businesses
• Recycling Program Start-up Assistance
• Outdoor Collection Containers
• Employee Education and Ongoing Program Support
• Disposal Services
• ACUA also offers guidance on sustainability initiatives such as green purchasing practices, energy savings, and solar options.
Disposal resources are available for the recyclable items that ACUA does not pick up from your establishment:
Fluorescent Lamps and Ballasts: http://www.nj.gov/dep/dshw/lrm/uwaste/uwlamplst.htm
Ink Cartridges: www.freerecycling.com
Hazardous Waste: NJDEP Authorized Hazardous Waste Disposal Facilities
Local hazardous waste disposal options:
Burlington County Department of Solid Waste
Contact: Ann Williams
Contact: Mary Jo Kennelly
Electronics: ACUA no longer accepts electronics for recycling. According to law, manufacturers are required to take on this responsibility. Residents may take electronics to participating Goodwill and Best Buy locations for disposal. For a full list, visit Earth911.com or read more here.
Shredding: Career Opportunity Development Incorporated (CODI) in Egg Harbor City offers shredding services to businesses and individuals. Monthly business plans are also available. Call 609-965-5422 for more information.
ACUA operates a state-of-the-art landfill at its Haneman Environmental Park in Egg Harbor Twp. Click here for a full list of accepted items and rates.
• The most obvious reason to recycle is that IT IS THE LAW.
• Your business is doing its part to help New Jersey reach its 60 percent recycling reduction goal.
• Recycling may actually reduce the cost of doing business.
When a business recycles, there is less trash to throw away, reducing the monthly cost to have trash hauled for disposal.
• For every ton of material recycled within its borders, communities can receive money from the state.
Through the Municipal Tonnage Grant Program, money is given back to municipal recycling programs and used to enhance efforts.
• Atlantic County is the only county in the state which collects most businesses’ recycling at no cost!
• Recycling conserves natural resources and saves energy.
Manufacturing new paper from recycled paper rather than virgin materials saves one ton of newspaper, 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, three barrels of oil, and 10,401 kilowatt hours of electricity.
Not only does recycling save an abundance of natural resources, it also reduces air pollution!
• Your business will get positive publicity!
Going “green” is a growing trend that will increase your audience. Help yourself and the environment, and read on to get started or refine your existing program!
KEYS TO ONGOING SUCCESS: IMPLEMENTING AND MONITORING YOUR PROGRAM
1. Designate recycling coordinator(s)
This person or group is responsible for starting the program, building support and enthusiasm, and monitoring progress.
2. Do a waste audit
A waste audit involves looking at your trash through the eyes of a “recycler.” The goal is to determine which materials should be separated and recycled as part of your program.
3. Get employees on board
An announcement should be made to all employees informing them about the program, why your organization will recycle, and the importance of doing so.
4. Additional resources
Recyclable materials not collected by ACUA include food waste, construction debris (concrete, brick, asphalt, wood), wood pallets, and vegetative waste. If you generate any of these, independent haulers should be considered.
5. Recycling receptacles
Although ACUA provides recycling containers for outside collection, they are not intended for inside use. Fortunately, office supply, home improvement, and even hardware stores now produce recycling containers. Determine the best location for containers. If employees have to walk far to throw away their recyclables, they may not do it.
6. Monitoring and evaluation
Evaluate what works for your business and where problems exist. This data serves as the basis for effective communication efforts and program improvements!
Recycling at your place of business can be easy, and ACUA can help you get a successful program up and running.
Click here to download our commercial recycling booklet.