The city of Absecon, New Jersey, has received a grant from The Recycling Partnership, Falls Church, Virginia, to provide Absecon households with new 96-gallon recycling carts for curbside, single-stream recycling collection. The carts replace smaller bins that had been used for residential recycling.
The new carts come with wheels for easy maneuvering and attached lids to keep recyclables dry and secure. Cart delivery began Sept. 20.
“We are excited to bring carts to the residents of Absecon. The new carts are easy to move, durable and will keep our streets cleaner on recycling day. We look forward to seeing an increase in recycling rates and a decrease in litter,” says Absecon Mayor Kimberly Horton.
According to a news release from The Recycling Partnership, the new carts should be the primary containers used by residents for recycling. Residents may still use smaller bins when additional capacity is needed as long as the bin includes a lid.
Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) provides collection for Absecon. ACUA’s collection team uses an automated cart tipper to lift and pour materials from containers into its trucks. “The switch to carts just makes sense—they keep our communities cleaner, and they have proven to increase recycling rates in municipalities that adopt them,” says ACUA President Rick Dovey. “We look forward to expanding this effective and efficient collection system.”