Summit Introduces Weekly Curbside Recycling

SUMMIT – Beginning Thursday, July 1, the City of Summit will be moving to a weekly curbside recycling schedule every Thursday, a change from its current bi-weekly process for its residents only. The city will continue to contract its recycling to Great Northern, Inc.

The changes, which begin on July 1, are as follows:

  • Weekly curbside recycling every Thursday. This eliminates recycling zones in Summit.
  • Curbside recycling will now accepts plastics numbers one through seven. The current contract only accepts plastics numbers one and two. This benefit is not typically offered in most municipalities.


Residents can place their recycling curbside the evening before, Wednesday night, for pick-up on Thursday each week. All recycling must be curbside before 7 a.m. on Thursday morning.

Great Northern will continue to pick up mixed paper, newspaper, plastic, cans, glass and cardboard. Due to new state and federal regulations, they will only pick up rechargeable batteries (rechargeable batteries include Ni-Cad and other rechargeable batteries). Residents can place batteries in a clear plastic bag on top of mixed paper recycling.

Due to hazardous materials in button cell batteries commonly found in watches, cameras and hearing aids, they must be brought to and recycled during the Union County Household Hazardous Waste Days; visit the Union County website at for the next date and location within the county. All alkaline batteries can be disposed of in the regular trash (AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt, and lantern).

Residents can continue bring all recyclables, including household electronics, boat and car batteries, fluorescent tubes and textiles at the City of Summit Transfer Station at 40 New Providence Avenue. More details on curbside and Transfer Station recycling, including examples of plastics numbers one (1) through seven (7), can be found on the recycling flyer on the City of Summit website at; click the recycling globe icon on the city’s homepage.

City officials say that the new process saves taxpayers more than $80,000 annually, aligns both trash and recycling collection schedules on a weekly basis and increases service delivery to the community, making it more convenient.

All curbside recycling questions or concerns should be directed to Summit’s contractor Great Northern Recycling, Inc. at 1-888-738-7348. Residents can also find additional recycling information by going to or calling 1-877-2-RECYCLE.

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