|The Atlantic County Utilities Authority and the Township of Hamilton seek to educate residents about the change to recycling and yard waste collections that will begin on Monday, April 2, 2012. For many residents, bi-weekly (every other week) recycling collection will be done on the same day as their trash collection. For residents of Oakcrest Estates, Woodlands and Timber Glen, the recycling collection day remains the same. This change will make it easier for residents to keep track of their recycling collection days.|
“The new schedule should make it much easier for residents to remember their recycling collection day,” said Ingrid Perez, Hamilton Township deputy public works director. “New 2012 collection calendars will be inserted into the local edition of The Current on Thursday, March 29. Residents can also download a new calendar from the ACUA’s website at www.acua.com,” Perez added.
Another change for Hamilton Township residents concerns yard waste collection, which will move from Fridays to Saturdays. Also, a new township ordinance prohibits residents from using plastic bags for yard waste collection. Beginning Saturday, April 7th, residents should place leaves and grass in biodegradable Kraft bags or in a marked container. Yard waste stickers are available from the ACUA (www.acua.com/contact) or from Hamilton Township. Kraft yard waste bags are available at most home improvement stores, hardware stores, and from the ACUA on Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Township.
“Many communities are moving in the same direction as Hamilton Township with banning plastic bags for yard waste,” said ACUA President Richard S. Dovey. “Plastic bags are a real problem for yard waste recycling. Each bag must be opened and emptied by hand at the compost site. Kraft bags can be recycled right along with the yard waste and this saves time, labor and money,” Dovey said.
“We’re doing our best to notify residents about the changes to recycling and yard waste collection within the Township. We hope that it will make recycling even easier for our residents,” said Public Works Director Steve Blankenship. Starting in April, Hamilton Township will also begin accepting electronics for recycling on the first Saturday of the month between 9 am and 12 pm at their Public Works Yard located at 5500 Atlantic Avenue. Please call 625-6311 for more information on the electronics recycling program.
For additional information on recycling contact ACUA at 609-272-6950 or online at www.acua.com