May 22, 2014

ACUA Reminds Residents to Recycle This Memorial Day Holiday and “Put It Out There”

After a very long winter in South Jersey, Memorial Day has finally arrived. With the unofficial start of summer come family outings, graduation parties, barbeques and outdoor events. It also means an increase in the amount of trash and recycling that will be generated until school goes back in the fall.

“Memorial Day kicks off the summer season here in Atlantic County, and this is the time of year when we typically see an uptick in the amount of trash and recycling towns and businesses are generating,” said ACUA President Rick Dovey. “ACUA wants to remind everyone not to take a vacation from recycling by making sure that the materials we are generating get recycled, when appropriate,” Dovey added.

ACUA works hard to make recycling as easy as possible for residents and businesses throughout Atlantic County. For example, Atlantic County’s recycling program is a single-stream program, so no separation is necessary. Each resident is entitled to one free 20-gallon recycling bucket each year and ACUA makes event recycling containers available at no charge. “Valet” or enhanced recycling and trash collection service, available by subscription in many shore towns, is another way ACUA strives to make dealing with debris less of a chore or worry for part-time residents and summer visitors.

“Many community events will be held this season, and ACUA wants event organizers to know that ACUA is happy to work with any group or organization to make sure that recycling containers are available at events. Event recycling containers can be requested online. We just ask that you indicate who will be picking up and returning the containers. Bags of recycling will be collected by ACUA following the event,” noted Dovey.

If you are hosting a barbeque or party, make sure that you place clearly labeled recycling containers next to every trash container. Also, any container can be used as a recycling container.

“ACUA can provide free recycling stickers so that any type of container or box can be used as a recycling receptacle. Clearly labeling containers also makes it easy for guests know where to put their recycling,” said Dovey.

ACUA will be collecting trash and recycling in many towns on the Memorial Day holiday, Monday, May 26. If your regularly scheduled collection falls on this day, please be sure to have your materials to the curb by 7 a.m. on Memorial Day.

For more information on recycling, contact ACUA at 609-272-6950 or visit

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