2023 Business and Institution Recycling Requirements

Businesses and institutions in New Jersey are required by law to source separate and recycle items mandated in local municipal  recycling ordinances. All commercial and institutional generators, including multifamily housing owners or their agents, must report the tonnage of designated recyclable materials from their locations, as directed by their municipal ordinance. (7:26A-10.3). Failure to do so puts businesses and institutions in violation of P.L. 1987, c. 102, the State Mandatory Source Separation Act and the Burlington County District Solid Waste Management Plan. 

In accordance with the Burlington County District Solid Waste Management Plan, businesses and institutions are required to recycle the following items: 

Aluminum CansFood Waste*PaperTires
AntifreezeGlass ContainersPlastic Bottles/Other Specified Containers #1, #2, & #5Used Motor Oil
Corrugated CardboardLead Acid BatteriesRechargeable Batteries
Covered Electronic Devices (CEDs)LeavesSteel Cans
Fluorescent LightsMetal AppliancesTextiles

*Food Waste shall be a designated recyclable specifically for large food waste generators that meet the thresholds for mandatory compliance as defined and set forth in P.L. 2020 c. 24

For complete definitions of the materials list, please view the County's District Solid Waste Management Plan

All businesses and institutions that contract privately for recycling collection services are responsible for reporting all tonnage recycled to their municipal recycling coordinator (MRC) annually, as required by the District Plan and municipal recycling ordinance. Not sure who your MRC is? Please locate their contact information on the NJDEP's County and Municipal Recycling Coordinator List