Cumberland County Ranks First in the State for Recycling

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MILLVILLE, N.J. – According to released statistics by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Recycling and Hazardous Waste, Cumberland County is ranked first in overall recycling.
The statistics are for reports received by the state for 2010 through 2014. From 2011 until the latest report, Cumberland County's overall recycling rate was first and in 2010 they were second.
Categories included in the reporting included corrugated, mixed office paper, newspaper, other paper/magazine/junk mail, glass containers, aluminum containers, steel containers, plastic containers, antifreeze, used motor oil, brush/tree parts, grass clippings, leaves, consumer electronics, food waste, other glass, other plastic and textiles.
The total state average for all counties was the low 40% all five years. Cumberland County’s rate exceeded the state’s average every year increasing each year from 47% in 2010 to 59% in 2012 to 66% in 2014. This rate is significantly higher than the other counties, particularly in 2013 and 2014.
Cumberland County Improvement Authority, who takes care of the county's recycling, began using single-stream recycling in 2014. Their change from dual to single-stream collection mad a significant impact in exceeding the state’s total average each year.