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Oct 13, 2021

New Items Now Accepted for Curbside Recycling 

Submitted by Betsy Wilson, Holmdel Green Team

Holmdel Green Team member Vanessa Merhi and her daughter, Eva, are tossing newly allowed items in their recycling bin for curbside pick-up. Thanks to upgraded machinery now used by Massa Recycling, the company that processes curbside recyclables for all municipalities in Monmouth County, Holmdel can now recycle many items that were not accepted for recycling in the past. 

According to Massa spokesperson Brynn Mosello, Massa has found markets in the U.S. for all the materials that Holmdel residents can now recycle.

Allowed Curbside Recyclables 

  • No. 1 Plastics (leave caps on bottles)
  • No. 2 Plastics (like the jugs detergent comes in) (neck size does not matter)
  • No. 5 Containers (such as margarine tubs, yogurt cups, baby wipe containers, K-cup coffee pods)
  • Clear plastic ‘clam shells’ (that blueberries, eggs etc. come in)
  • Aluminum cans, tin cans, bi-metal cans
  • Glass bottles or jars
  • Non-hazardous aerosol cans
  • Clean aluminum foil
  • Pizza boxes (a little oil is fine, but no food remnants)
  • Cardboard shipping boxes
  • Mixed paper (not shredded; receipts and pieces of paper over the size of three inches are fine) 
  • Soft cover books
  • Newspapers, including inserts
  • Empty plastic toothpaste tubes
  • Non-metallic wrapping paper 

Non-acceptable Items 

  • Ceramics, dishware, glassware, light bulbs
  • Plastic wrap, bubble wrap. Waxy or plasticized milk or juice cartons
  • Plastic bags (can be taken to Kohl’s, Whole Foods or Acme).
  • Waxy or plasticized milk or juice cartons
  • Propane tanks
  • Batteries of any kind
  • Electronic waste, such as cell phones (can be taken to Holmdel DPW or Best Buy) Styrofoam (can be taken to the Middletown      DPW or train station parking lot) Packing peanuts (can be taken to a UPS store)
  • Food of any kind (can be put in your backyard composter.)
  • Food wrappers, used paper plates, napkins or paper towels
  • Medical waste or needles 

Keep recyclables clean and dry. Keep liquids out of the recycling bin. Keep items loose, not in plastic bags. According to Green Team’s Bob Wilson, “These new recycling practices are another welcome step in the movement toward sustainability.”