CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES 2016 AGRICULTURAL PLASTICS RECYCLING PROGRAM

New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher today urged farmers and other pesticide applicators to participate in the 2016 plastic pesticide container recycling program.  There are five sites around the state that accept the triple-washed containers from now through November.  There is no cost for the program.

New Jersey has had a plastic pesticide container recycling program for the last 20 years, with the Department of Agriculture leading the initiative since 2002.  The program is open to all New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection-(DEP)-licensed pesticide applicators.  The DEP issues participants one-core credit toward their NJDEP pesticide license.

“Participation in the plastic pesticide container recycling program keeps these plastics out of landfills and saves farmers and other applicators money,” said Secretary Fisher.

In 2015, more than 39,000 pounds were collected through this program.  Sites this year include:  Cumberland County Solid Waste Complex, Helena Chemical in Hammonton and Woodstown, Allied Recycling in Mount Holly and Rutgers Fruit and Ornamental Extension Center in Cream Ridge.

Non-refillable, high-density polyethylene # 2 (HDPE #2) containers used by agricultural, professional and commercial pesticide applicators will be accepted at the collection sites. Containers must be no larger than 55 gallons and properly rinsed.  For the detailed program guide, visit www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/anr/nrc/processingsteps.html.

The Department of Agriculture coordinates the recycling of many different plastic agricultural materials.  There are four sites statewide that accept nursery and greenhouse film year-round.  The Department also lists vendors who will accept for recycling: mulch film, irrigation drip tape, plastic nursery pots, drip trays and flats.

For more information about the Department of Agriculture’s recycling programs, visit www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/anr/nrc/recycling.html.

2016 Plastic Pesticide Container Recycling Program Schedule

Atlantic County

LOCATION:
Helena Chemical
66 Route 206 (North of the Route 30/206 intersection)
Hammonton, New Jersey

TIME:
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

DATES:
Friday, April 1
Friday, May 6
Friday, June 3
Friday, July 1
Friday, August 5
Friday, September 2
Friday, October 7

Burlington County

LOCATION:
Allied Recycling
2658 Route 206
Mt. Holly, NJ 08060

TIMES AND DAYS:
Monday – Saturday during Allied Recycling’s operating hours.

Cumberland County

LOCATION:

Cumberland County Solid Waste Complex
169 Jesse Bridge Road (located off Route 55, Exit 29)
Deerfield, New Jersey
(Open trucks or trailers must be tarped before entering Complex)

TIME:
9 a.m. to 12 Noon

DATES:
Friday, May 20
Friday, June 17
Friday, July 15
Friday, August 19
Friday, September 16
Friday, October 21
Friday, November 18

Monmouth County

LOCATION:
Rutgers Fruit and Ornamental Research Extension Center
283 Route 539
Cream Ridge, NJ 08514-9634
609-758-7311

TIMES AND DAYS:
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Monday – Friday
March 2016 through and including November 2016

Salem County

LOCATION:
Helena Chemical
440 N. Main St.
Woodstown, New Jersey

TIME: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

DATES:
Friday, April 8
Friday, May 13
Friday, June 10
Friday, July 8
Friday, August 12
Friday, September 9
Friday, October 14