EDISON—As a convenience for residents, a green-initiative push and a revenue-generator, Edison Township has opened a recycling center that will be available to residents seven days a week.
The new recycling center is located at 471 Meadow Road will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Residents can drop off their plastic, glass, aluminum, paper products, clothing, used oil and rechargeable and button cell batteries.
While curbside pickup still remains an option in the township, if someone missed a day in the past, they were limited to a Monday through Friday drop off center between the hours of 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
“This is a big win for our community on multiple levels. It is easier for residents to recycle because now they can do it on the weekend and after work. Plus, recycling is good for the community and our environment,” said Mayor Jun Choi.
The opening of the Meadow Road daily drop-off center also comes after the Township was recently recognized by the state Department of Environmental Protection for being a leader in recycling. According to the state award, the Edison Public Works Department has recycled more than 2 million tons of materials over the years. As a township, more than 50 percent of the material that could normally be thrown away is being recycled.
The recycling center will generate at least $60,000 in added revenue for Edison, officials estimate. The township is leasing the recycling drop off area and the surrounding property to Galaxy Recycling. The recycling company will staff the drop off center, which also saves taxpayers money by enabling the Department of Public Works to reallocate personnel, officials said.
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