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"Items such as gloves, wipes, masks, and tissues, which are being widely used by all Morris County residents due to the COVID-19 pandemic, should not be placed into curbside recycling containers. They are contaminants and must be put into the trash. MCMUA employees will not be picking up any bins that contain these items.
Recycling crews in many towns are finding high rates of gloves and masks ending up in the recycling mix, with workers sorting out these items by hand at the MRFs. When these materials end up in the recycling stream, along with items such as plastic bags and plastic film, they can trigger problems. They can jam the rotating screens and cause equipment to breakdown.
Keeping these items out of the recycling stream is important to preventing system breakdowns and important to the health and safety of workers.
For more information on proper recycling and trash disposal visit the MCMUA’s website.