Business / Institutions Recycle Program
How Does this Law Impact My Business?
- Beginning May 4, 2022, the law prohibits all Stores (including retail), Food Service Businesses, and Grocery Stores from selling to, or providing their customers with, single-use plastic carryout bags. In addition, Grocery Stores larger than 2,500 square feet may not provide or sell single-use paper carryout bags and instead may provide or sell only reusable carryout bags.
- "Store" is any grocery store, convenience store, liquor store, pharmacy, drug store, or other retail establishments.
- "Food Service Business" sells or provides food for consumption on or off the premises, including, but not limited to, establishments such as a restaurant, café, delicatessen, coffee shop, convenience store, grocery store, vending truck or cart, food truck, movie theater, or business or institutional cafeteria, including those operated by a government entity.
- "Grocery Store" is a self-service retail establishment that occupies at least 2,500 square feet, and that sells household foodstuffs for off-site consumption, including but not limited to fresh produce, meat, poultry, fish, deli products, dairy products, canned foods, dry foods, beverages, baked foods, or prepared foods.
Reusable Carryout Bags:
- A "reusable carryout bag" must be:
- Made of polypropylene fabric, PET nonwoven fabric, nylon, cloth, hemp product, or other washable fabric; and
- Have stitched handles;
- Be designed and manufactured for multiple reuses.
Ban on Polystyrene Foam Food Service Products:
- Beginning May 4, 2022, the law prohibits all persons and foodservice businesses from selling/offering for sale any polystyrene foam foodservice product and prohibits all foodservice businesses from selling/providing any food served in a polystyrene foam foodservice product.
- The following products are exempt until May 4, 2024, unless otherwise extended by the DEP:
- Disposable, long-handled polystyrene foam soda spoons when required and used for thick drinks.
- Portion cups of two ounces or less, if used for hot foods or foods requiring lids.
- Meat and fish trays for raw or butchered meat, including poultry, or fish that is sold from a refrigerator or similar retail appliance.
- Any food product pre-packaged by the manufacturer with a polystyrene foam foodservice product.
- Any other polystyrene foam foodservice product as determined necessary by the DEP.
- A "polystyrene foam foodservice product" is defined as a product made, in whole or in part, of polystyrene foam that is used for selling or providing food or a beverage, and includes but is not limited to a food container, plate, hot or cold beverage cup, meat or vegetable tray, cutlery, or egg carton.
- Further exemptions and requests for waivers for polystyrene foam foodservice products may be submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on forms to be prescribed.
- Contact for the NJDEP Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste is firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-984-4250
Requirements for Single-use Plastic Straws:
- Beginning on November 4, 2021, food service businesses shall only provide a single-use plastic straw to a customer upon request by the customer. Foodservice businesses are required to keep an adequate supply of single-use plastic straws. Stores may continue to sell packages of single-use plastic straws and provide/sell a beverage pre-packaged by the manufacturer with a single-use plastic straw, i.e., juice boxes
Penalties for Non-compliance and Enforcement:
- A person or entity that violates the law will be warned for a first offense, may be fined up to $1,000 per day for the second offense and may be fined up to $5,000 per day for the third and subsequent violations. Violations of a continuing nature constitute an additional, separate, and distinct offense for each day that is deemed a violation.
- The DEP, municipalities, and any entity certified pursuant to the "County Environmental Health Act" are authorized to enforce the law.
EACH property owner, business and institution must be able to demonstrate to the Township Municipal Recycling Coordinator that their recycling program is active, current and effective. Non-compliance carries an initial Township of Denville penalty of $ 250 and higher penalties may be assessed by the county recycling office and NJDEP.
See enforcement section………………..
Comply with the law, help the environment and save your company money.
Recycling is MANDATORY in Denville
Important Notice: On April 28, 2008, the Denville Township Council adopted and the Mayor signed an ordinance, as required by the State and County, making recycling mandatory in Denville Township.
It is against the law to mix recyclables with trash. Violators of this law will not have their trash picked up and may be subject to a fine.
Denville Township Recycling Ordinance #6-08: A warning for not properly recycling will be issued for any first offense. For any subsequent offense, a fine of at least $250 and not more than $1000 will be issued to the offender for each time they do not follow the law.
Owner, operator, or manager of a business, institution or multi-family dwelling, must ensure that a recycling program is in place. The Township of Denville has a list of over 1000 businesses which includes property owner and tenant information.
Commercial establishments are required to submit annual recycling plans and or vendor contracts by January 15 of each year. See our Forms Center for example of recycling plan. Report must be sent to: Denville Department of Public Works, 140 Morris Ave, Denville, NJ 07834.
Each business, institution, office complex, hotel, school and multi-family dwellings is required to complete a recycling tonnage report on or before March 1st of each year. See our Forms Center for example of recycling tonnage report. Report must be sent to: Denville Department of Public Works, 140 Morris Ave, Denville, NJ 07834.
Many small business owners believe they don't produce enough waste to make it cost effective to set up a formal recycling program. But offices with fewer than 50 employees produce nearly 40 percent of recyclables. Depending on the size of your businesses, you may not be able to just put your recyclables outside, as you would at home. And commercial recycling haulers often require minimum quantities and charge a fee. Recycling may be the last thing you want to think about, but today it's a necessity.
Morris County Business Information http://mcmua.com/business.asp
Business Recycling Manual http://www.p2pays.org/ref/24/23584.pdf
A recycling program will help you:
- Comply with the law. There are state mandated recyclables, and you can be fined for not recycling
- Save money, as recycling centers often pay by the pound
- Do your part to save the environment
Know your State, County, Municipal laws
You need to figure out exactly what you need to recycle and how to recycle it.
NJ Recycling http://www.nj.gov/dep/dshw/recycling/
Morris County recycling http://www.mcmua.com/recycling/index.htm
Township of Denville recycling http://www.denvillenj.org/recycling.php
Do your own audit
Determine what kind of recyclables you produce and how much so you know where to begin.
Rutgers waste audits
Rutgers Enviropurchasing audit
EPA waste Wise audit
Be sure to include new tenants and existing tenants in the program via a written agreement.
Sample Lease Agreement in our Forms Center
Below is customizable sample language addressing the building’s recycling program, indoor and outdoor bin(s), and move in/out requirements to include in your lease agreements.
ADDITIONAL TERMS OF LEASE
Garbage & Recycling Collection:
1. (BUILDING NAME) has an active recycling program that all tenants are strongly encouraged to participate in. According to Denville Township's Municipal Ordinance and State Law, all residents, businesses, and institutions are required to recycle. Recycling protects the environment, helps keep our building clean and attractive, and reduces our disposal costs.
2. Recycling (DUMPSTERS/CARTS) are located next to or near the garbage containers. Only recyclable materials may be placed into the recycling containers. A list of recyclable materials is made available to each tenant upon move-in and can also be found on each recycling (DUMPSTER/CART). Additional lists are available from the manager.
3. Consult New Jersey DEP, Morris County MUA and Township of Denville web sites for recycling information.
NJ Recycling http://www.nj.gov/dep/dshw/recycling/
Morris County Recycling http://mcmua.com/sw_recy.asp
Township of Denville Recycling http://www.denvillenj.org/recycling.php
4. MOVE-IN AND MOVE-OUT: When moving in or out, the tenant must:
a. Place all recyclable materials in the recycling containers. Large cardboard boxes must be broken down, flattened and placed next to the recycling containers.
b. Take all bulky items (mattresses, couches, TV’s, etc.) to a local reuse store or contact your building manager for information.
c. Properly dispose of unwanted electronics and household hazardous waste (paint, batteries, cleaning supplies, car batteries, fluorescent lights, etc.) at the local Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Facility.
Association of NJ Household Hazardous Waste Coordinators
Morris County – FAQ Electronic disposal
Detailed information is available from the building manager.
NEW Tenant: Please initial and sign where indicated:
I have been given educational materials that explain what materials must be sorted from my garbage and recycled____(initial)
I have received information on the regulations which apply to recycling. ____ (initial)
I have been shown the building’s recycling & garbage area _____(initial)
Select a recycling Vendor
Hauling companies will handle your recyclables as well as your garbage.
Association of NJ Recyclers – Bergen County Utilities Authorities – Recycling Markets Directory
NJ Waste Wise Roster list
How to Set Up Recycling at Your Workplace
- Form a “green team” – Approaching recycling as a team can help ensure the success of your recycling program. A “green team” is a group of employees interested in recycling and helping to set up a program.
- Determine materials you will recycle – Performing a waste audit can help. A waste audit is an inventory of the amount and type of solid waste (trash) produced at a location.
Commonly recycled business items:
- Office paper
- Magazines and catalogs
- Aluminum cans
- Plastic bottles
- Toner and ink jet cartridges
Contact your property manager – Find out if there are any recycling programs in place. Ask them to provide office paper, cardboard, aluminum can and plastic bottle recycling as a service to building tenants. Remind them that recycling can reduce waste disposal costs.
On your own – If your property manager cannot provide recycling, or you are a small business, meet with your green team and decide what materials you want to recycle.
- Contact a recycling company – Interview multiple companies and get price estimates for providing a dumpster and pickup services. Most recycling companies provide rebates on materials collected.
- Drop-off Recycling – If pickup services are not an option, another option is to take your recyclables to a
The Townships DPW Recycling Depot.
Coordinate collection – with the recycling service provider, janitorial crew and/or staff. Think about:
- Small bins – You can provide durable recycling containers to each staff person or ask them to use copy paper boxes or something similar at their work stations. Decide what type and size of bin to locate next to printers, fax machines and other machines that generate paper.
- Central bins – Locate large recycling bins in copy rooms or break rooms.
- Collection – Create a regular schedule and determine who will pick up recycling from the small and central bins. It may be staff, janitorial crew or a combination.
- Drop-off recycling – If your staff is using a drop-off collection center, set up a team and schedule for taking recyclables to the center. You may also need to determine a place to store recyclables.
- Communicate all this information to your entire staff and janitorial crew.
- Distribute fact sheets describing the new recycling program for employees and janitorial staff and post updates on your company's intranet site.
- Provide bins and collection containers as mentioned above.
- Mark containers with signs labeled by item. It is helpful to use the “chasing arrows” recycling symbol.
Plan a fun kick-off event
- Send a memo from management to all employees encouraging participation.
- Fun events, giveaways and refreshments could be provided.
- Distribute fact sheets, signs and containers.
- Schedule orientation sessions for each department.
Let others know about your efforts
- Write articles for the employee newsletter, intranet, and building and industry newsletters. Acknowledge people for changing their habits and keep people informed of the results of their efforts. Seek staff’s suggestions.
- Send out press releases to the local media. You may also want to include information in customer or client mailings.
- Include your recycling efforts in company promotional pieces.
Maintain your program
- Have your green team meet regularly to evaluate your recycling program’s progress. A successful program will continue to grow in volume recycled. The team can also address other green issues such as energy consumption and alternative transportation.
- Stay in contact with staff. Update your staff regularly on the program’s progress. Send out periodic recycling reminders. Train new employees about the recycling program.
- Identify a recycling point person to handle tasks such as answering staff questions, managing the green team and program oversight.
Workplace Recycle Tips 1: Start with yourself
Just like recycling at home, the easiest way to start recycling at work is to start with yourself.
As you learn more, and become more comfortable with recycling the things around you, you would be in a better position to pass on your recycle tips to others around you, and to encourage them to adopt the same recycling habits.
In fact, when your colleagues see the joy you experience when you do your bit for the environment, they may be more willing to try it out the recycle tips for themselves.
Take this opportunity to then reinforce in them the importance of recycling and protecting the environment!
Workplace Recycle Tips 2: Knowing what to recycle
One of the important recycle tips for the workplace is information on what to recycle.
Depending on the nature of your workplace, different recyclable items can be found.
Look at the materials that are used in large quantities at your workplace. For example, at many offices, paper is used in the largest quantity.
Also look for high value waste such as aluminum cans and printer toner cartridges.
By just adopting a few simple recycling habits, you can make a big difference.
Here are some items in offices that can be recycled:
- Waste paper, including printed paper, unwanted files and notes, used envelopes
- Unwanted magazines and newspapers
- Unwanted cardboard boxes (eg. packaging boxes for printing paper, office stationary, or even computers)
- Old computers
- Printer toner cartridges.
- Old company cell phones
Beyond recycle tips for the workplace
Beyond recycling, there are also other important green practices for the workplace that would contribute substantially to the environment.
Before you even think about recycling, what should come to mind first are reducing waste and reusing whatever you can at the workplace. Here are some tips for reducing usage and waste at the workplace:
- Print only what you need.
- Print on both sides of the paper, especially the less important documents. This practice helps to reduce paper usage and waste by 50%!
- Reduce the use of paper by sending information or documents via the email, rather than hard copy files or faxes.
- Make use of electronic posters and banners, instead of paper ones.
- Share newspapers and magazines between units and divisions, rather than providing a set for each individual unit.
- Make use of reusable porcelain or metal mugs for coffee breaks, instead of disposable or Styrofoam ones.
- If you lunch in, bring your lunch in reusable containers rather than paper or plastic bags that must be discarded after a single use.
Here are some tips for reusing at the workplace:
- Reuse scrap paper for taking notes.
- Reuse cardboard or metal boxes for storage purposes at the workplace.
- Reuse envelopes for internal office mail
- Purchase paper products that are made of recycled paper, such as printing paper, note pads, business cards and even paper towels that.
- Keep a reusable shopping bag at your work station. It would come in handy if you need to do any shopping during lunch break or after work.
- To save you time, keep a small recycling box handy at your work station. That way, you need only head for the office recycling bins when your recycling box is full.
- If your workplace does not have any recycling bins, but your home does, take a little effort to bring home these recyclables for recycling. Your little counts in a big way toward a cleaner and healthier environment.
- Much energy is used to operate offices and other work stations in many organizations. You can do your part to save energy by switching off lights, air-conditioning and your personal computers when they are not in use. Remind those around you to do the same!
Extending recycle tips to your colleagues
It is important to recycle as an individual. But it is not enough. Such green practices need to be adopted by more.
So do share your recycle tips with your colleagues, and encourage everyone at your workplace to play a part in recycling.
Help your colleagues understand the importance of recycling.
And lead by example. Show them that recycling can be easy and without much hassle, just some thoughtfulness. Offer to send the recyclables they have collected for recycling, when you send yours.
After a while, recycling will become a habit, instead of a chore. And we can look forward to having a healthier earth!
Waste Management Green Squad http://www.wmgreensquad.com/
Northeast Recycling Council – Business Recycling Cooperative http://www.nerc.org/documents/coop/nerc.pdfNJ - Recycling Processes and Programs http://www.state.nj.us/dep/dshw/recycling/processes.htm