Recycling

Curbside Recycling


Twice each year in June and December, a recycling schedule is mailed to Newton residents with the dates when the Town will be collecting comingled glass, plastic, and recyclable cans at the curb. All items to be recycled should be rinsed clean, and caps and rings should be removed. Containers that are used for mixed recycling should be no larger than 35-gallon garbage containers. Cardboard boxes and paper or plastic grocery bags are not acceptable containers.
Comingled recyclables include:
  • Glass jars
  • Bottles
  • Aluminum cans
  • Tin-plated steel cans
  • Plastic bottles
  • Newspapers (must be dry and tied in bundles)
  • Aluminum and foil pie plates
On curbside collection dates when it is wet or rainy, newspapers will not be picked up. Recycling is mandated by New Jersey State Law. However, the law does not require local government to provide a curbside collection program. The Town of Newton offers this service at no additional cost to taxpayers, for the convenience of its citizens, through the leadership of the Public Works Department.

Magazines, junk mail and cardboard will not be collected curbside, but may be brought to the Recycling Center during normal hours of operation.

Recycling Newsletter


Business Requirements


Every business, institution, or industrial facility shall report on an annual basis to the Recycling Coordinator, on recycling activities on its premises, including the amount of recycled material, by material type, collected and recycled and the vendor or vendor's providing recycling service. Also, all food service establishments, as defined in the Health Code, shall, in addition to compliance with all other recycling requirements, be required to recycle grease and/or cooking oil created in the processing of food or food products and maintain such records as may be prescribed for inspection by any code enforcement officer. For more information see the Newton Code Book. Should you have any further questions, please call our office at 973-383-4160.

PLASTIC BAG RECYCLING UPDATE

Below is a list of Sussex County stores that continue to collect plastic film/bags from customers. The #2 or #4 plastic film or bags must be clean, dry and free of food residue.

All Sussex County Branch Libraries are collecting, look for a white plastic bin with an explanation of what is accepted within the entranceway of the building..

• ACME Markets (Vernon only) – collection container located outside store.

• Home Depot (Newton) – NO collection box, but customers can bring bags to customer service desk, and they will be consolidated with store plastic.

• Kohl’s (Newton) – collection box at Customer Service area (also a box for paper bags!)

• Lowes (Newton) – collection bin in vestibule along side battery and bulb collection bins.

• Stop & Shop (Sparta) – collection box inside store by lottery ticket machines.

• Weis (Newton) – NO collection box, but customers can bring bags to customer service desk, and they will be consolidated with store plastic.

• Weis (Franklin) – Collection container outside store.

There are currently no recycling opportunities for reusable shopping bags (#5). There is a zip code-based link to donate reusable bags to local food pantries: https://cfbnj.org/donate-reusable-shopping-bags