Recycling Guide

What to Recycle?

Below you will find a quick easy reference to the recyclable items collected in Salem County, and if you need further assistance please contact us.


  • Newspaper:
    Stack newspapers in brown paper bags (please, no plastic bags which can’t be recycled) or tie in bundles with string. Newspaper inserts are accepted. Magazines may or may not be inserted. Ask locally. Pass magazines onto others to be reused, otherwise bundle separately in weights less than 50 lbs.
  • White Ledger:
    Copier, typing, mimeo, note and stationary paper that is non-glossy and free of plastic (no window envelopes). Place in a paper bag or deposit in box provided at the municipal drop-off center.
  • Computer Paper:
    Computer paper, if separated from other white ledger, is a higher grade material. Please box or bag separately, marked “computer”.
  • Corrugated Cardboard and Paperboard:
    Paperboard is gray or white non-corrugated cardboard, such as cereal and shoe boxes. Remove any plastic bag liners or cellophane windows. Cardboard and paperboard with wax or plastic coating such as milk cartons and ice cream containers are not accepted. Cardboard should be flattened and tied in bundles or stacked in a brown paper bag.

Jars and bottles should be rinsed and caps removed. Colorless glass, green glass, and brown glass should be separated and placed in the designated containers. NO ceramics, plate glass, headlights, dishes, light bulbs, or pyrex, please.

We use many plastic containers in our households that can be recycled. Plastic made from the resin HDPE ( high density polyethylene) such as milk, orange juice, cider and laundry detergent jugs, do not crack when flattened. These jugs should be rinsed, caps removed, and flattened. PET or PETE such as green and clear soft drink bottles are recyclable too.

The simplest of recycling processes, composting, can reduce our waste to be landfilled by 30% percent. Leaves, grass clippings, garden remnants and kitchen scraps (no bones or meat) are a good recipe for compost. You can make compost in a bin (3′ high by 3′ wide works best) or you can build a pile on the ground at the edge of your garden. Layer the ingredients and sprinkle each winter with water and pack them down. Turn the mixture every three days to aerate and keep it moist.

Aluminum beverage cans and bimetal/steel cans such as soup cans are 100% recyclable and should be separated and placed curbside or taken to a local drop-off center. It’s not necessary to crush them.

Other Materials

Depending on which town you live in, there are other recyclable materials that may be collected at curbside or accepted at town drop-off centers. These materials may include: wood/brush, appliances, grass clippings, metal scrap, tires, motor oil, electronic/computer equipment, and car batteries.

Why Recycle?

  • Saves landfill space and prolongs the life of landfills
  • Reduces environmental stress
  • Conserves raw materials
  • Saves you money

For More Information On:

  • General recycling information
  • How to set up a recycling program at work, home, apartment or school
  • Educational materials for schools
  • Household hazardous wastes
  • How to compost leaves and grass
  • Battery recycling
  • Used motor oil recycling

Call your local clerk, recycling coordinator or Salem County Utilites Authority
PHONE (856) 935-7900 or FAX (856) 935-7331

Recycling Guidelines

Every person, business and institution, must separate recyclables from their trash – It’s the law!

Each town has its own individual recycling program, so be sure to contact your local clerk, or municipal recycling coordinator with any questions regarding your town’s program.

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