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Category/Definition of Recyclable Materials

The following are the definitions of revised and expanded categories of recycled materials eligible for tonnage report submission. The definitions are not meant to be all-inclusive, but rather attempt to identify the majority of materials reported in previous submittals, as identified by current markets for those materials. It is recognized that market changes may dictate altering these definitions.

Aluminum Cans (06) - Food and beverage containers made entirely of aluminum.
Antifreeze (12) - An automotive engine coolant consisting of a mixture of ethylene glycol and water, or propylene glycol and water.
Computer Printout/White Ledger (02) - All computer paper, all high grade white paper (including letterhead, typing paper, copier paper, onionskin, tissue, and notepad).
Concrete, Asphalt, Masonry  and Paving Material (22) - Asphalt, concrete, brick, cinder block, "patio blocks," ceramic materials, stones and other masonry and paving materials. Note that the regulations at N.J.A.C. 7:26A allow for asphalt to be handled in two ways: incorporated into the asphalt production process (milled asphalt) ; or asphalt is taken to a Class B recycling center and used to produce construction aggregate. Either form of the material is acceptable for reporting purposes.
Consumer Batteries (21) - Any type of button, coin, cylindrical, rectangular or other shaped, enclosed device or sealed container which is utilized as an energy source for commercial, industrial, medical, institutional or household use. (Does not include lead-acid batteries from vehicles.)
Corrugated (01) - Containers and similar paper items, usually used to transport supplies, equipment,parts, or other merchandise.
Food Scraps (23) - Food plate waste and food processing wastes. Food processing wastes include food processing vegetative waste (material generated in trimming and reject sorting operations from the processing of fruits and vegetables in canneries or similar industries, e.g., tomato skins, pepper cores, bean snips, cranberry hulls, etc.), food processing residuals and animal processing wastes. If the material is transported and processed as animal feed, it may be identified as such.
Glass Containers (05) - All glass containers used for packaging food or beverages.
Heavy Iron (09) - All structural steel or ferrous metal, cast iron components.
Lead-Acid Batteries (13) - Batteries from automobiles, trucks, other vehicles, machinery and equipment. (Does not include consumer batteries.)
Magazines & Junk Mail (04) - All magazine stock, white and colored paper and envelopes.
Miscellaneous Recyclable Materials (24) - Includes any other non-hazardous material which would otherwise be classified as a solid waste, and is not otherwise defined in this section and documented as recycled.
Mixed Office Paper (02) - Items listed in computer printout/white ledger category when mixed with envelopes, manila folders and colored paper. Material is generated by commercial/institutional sources.
Newspaper (03) - All paper marketed as newsprint or newspaper and containing at least 70% newsprint or newspaper (American Paper Institute grades #6, #7 and #8 news).
Other Aluminum Scrap, Non-Ferrous Scrap (10) - All non-container aluminum including auto parts, siding, aircraft parts, lawn chairs, window and door frames, pots and pans, foils and pie plates. Non-ferrous scrap consists primarily of copper and zinc. Copper generally takes the form of cable (utility wires), plumbing, wiring harnesses, motors, house wiring and bulky items.
Other Bulky Materials (24) - Furniture (plastic, wood, or items constructed of a combination of the above materials), wallboard, carpeting, padding, asphalt-based roofing scrap (including shingles, built up roofing, tarpaper, other roofing materials), and insulation.
Other Glass (25) - All non-container glass such as plate glass, drinking glasses, and automotive glass.
Other Paper (04) - All paper that is not corrugated, office, magazines, white and colored bond paper, or newspaper, such as telephone directories, wrapping paper, chip board, books, papers coated with plastic, film or foil, paper contaminated with food, and grocery bags.
Other Plastic (26) - Low density polyethylene (LDPE) film or bags, other film and plastic closures.
Petroleum Contaminated Soil (27) - Non-hazardous soils containing petroleum hydrocarbons resulting from spills, leaks or leaking underground storage tanks used for gasoline or any other commercial fuel, and which are recycled in accordance with the requirements of N.J.A.C 7:26A-1.1 et seq.
Plastic containers (08) - Containers such as polyethylene terephthalate (PETE - #1) soda bottles, high density polyethylene (HDPE - #2) milk, water or detergent bottles, low density polyethylene (LDPE - #4) containers, vinyl (V - #3) or polyvinyl chloride (PVC - #5) bottles and rigid and foam polystyrene (PS - #6).
Plastic Scrap (26) - Durable goods (appliances, furniture, automobile parts), and plastic pallets (provided they are melted down or chipped, and not simply reused).
Process Residue (28) - Includes ferrous metals ash recovered from any form of incinerator power plant, and any other process residue which is non-hazardous and meets the definition of an ID-27 dry industrial waste. Not included in this definition is sludge.
Scrap Autos (14) - Crushed or shredded automobile or truck bodies, excluding auto shredder residue, or "fluff".
Steel Cans (07) - Rigid containers made exclusively or primarily of steel, tin-plated steel, and composite steel and aluminum cans used to store food, beverages, paint, and a variety of other household and consumer products.
Stumps, Logs and Tree Parts (20) - Unfinished wood from land clearing projects or storm damage.
Textiles (29) - Cloth material such as cotton, linen, wool, nylon, polyester, etc., derived from clothing, cloth diapers, linens, etc.
Tires (15) - Rubber-based scrap automotive, truck, and specialty tires (e.g., forklift tires).
Used Motor Oil
(16) - A petroleum based or synthetic oil whose use includes, but is not limited to, lubrication of internal combustion engines, which through use, storage or handling has become unsuitable for its original purpose due to the presence of impurities or loss of original properties.
White Goods & Light Iron (11) - All large appliances such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, etc., as well as products made from sheet iron, such as shelving, file cabinets, metal desks, recycled or reconditioned steel drums, stainless steel and other non-structural ferrous scrap.
Wood Scrap (30) - Finished and unfinished lumber from construction/demolition projects. Included in this category are telephone poles, railroad ties and wooden pallets.
Yard Trimmings - Leaves (19), grass clippings (18), stumps (20), brush (17), and other lawn and garden trimmings from homes, institutions, commercial or industrial sources.

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