Recycling and “Electronic Waste”
Posted: December 29, 2010
Starting January 1st, certain covered electronic waste (e-waste for short)—TVs, computers, computer monitors and peripherals such as keyboards and mice—can no longer be placed curbside for regular trash pickup.
The prohibition is the result of a new law, the Electronic Waste Management Act [NJSA 13:1E-99.94 et seq.], created to keep hazardous materials and heavy metals commonly found in household electronics from polluting our environment.
The township is in the process of finalizing plans to accept e-waste at the recycling center. Once this occurs, details about the new program will be announced on the website’s home page.
In the interim, residents can hold onto their e-waste or utilize electronics recycling facilities such as the MCMUA facility in Mt. Olive or retailers like Staples, Best Buys and other electronics stores.
The law doesn’t cover cell phones, DVD players, VCRs, game consoles or other electronic devices, although these may also be recycled.