Trash and Recycling Depot
The Avalon Department of Public Works reminds the public that the Borough offers a free courtesy trash and recycling depot at the Public Works Yard’s 15th Street entrance, off Dune Drive. The facility is open every day throughout the year except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day between the hours of 7:00am and 3:00pm. The Borough currently has a five-year contract for solid waste, recycling, and brush collection with EarthTech; that contract has been assumed by Gold Medal which is re-branded with new management and staff and will begin operations in Avalon in the coming weeks.
Avalon Single-stream Recycling Information/Why Not to Use Plastic Bags to Contain Recyclables
The Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority has alerted all 16 communities in the County regarding an issue involving recyclables being placed in plastic bags for disposal and collection. The Authority reminds the public that this practice is not acceptable and recyclables need to be placed only in a single-stream recycling container.
The correct process is for the public to place recyclables in a single stream container for collection. It is not acceptable for the public to place the recyclables into a plastic bag, then place the bag in a container or set the bag out by the curb for collection. The MUA is receiving so many plastic bags that it is causing severe operational and equipment problems. The processing within the MUA plant is slowed by each bag has to be ripped open and dumped onto the processing belt. This creates a safety hazard. Additionally, whatever bags get through the sorter stations end up wrapped around rotating equipment which forces a complete shutdown of the system to enable employees to take time to cut away these bags that have become wrapped or jammed.
Please visit our Public Works page of this website to learn more information about the trash and recycling collection schedules, including our convenient recycling drop off center located just off Dune Drive at 15th Street.
The county of Cape May implemented a new single-stream recycling program as of April 1, 2013. All recyclables may be placed in one single container curbside on your collection day.
Items that may be placed in one single container for recycling include, but are not limited to: Newspapers, junk mail, magazines, telephone and paperback books, dry food boxes, wrapping paper, cardboard, clean pizza boxes that contain no food products, plastic food and beverage containers, plastic buckets and landscape pots, clear and green glass bottles and containers, brown bottles and jugs, food/beverage cans made of tin, steel, or aluminum. You are asked to empty and rinse out any food containers that will be recycled.
Products that are not recyclable and should be placed in the regular trash can include, but are not limited to: Food contaminated boxes, Styrofoam packaging, polystyrene egg cartons, wax-coated cardboard boxes, window glass, beverage cups, paint cans, PVC pipes, light bulbs, plastic bags and any items that contain chemical or hazardous products.