Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Kinnelon Recycling Center to Shut Temporarily

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Kinnelon Recycling Center to Shut Temporarily

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KINNELON -- For those planning to bring yard waste, e-waste, or other recyclables to the borough's recycling center, now is the time. The center will be shut down starting next month and through the summer as construction proceeds at the Department of Public Works.

At Thursday's Borough Council work session, Mayor Robert Collins said a preconstruction meeting was held with IBN Construction Corporation of Newark, which will tackle an addition to the DPW building and renovate the nearly 50-year-old structure.

"One of the main points from the meeting is: The recycling center will not be available because of concerns about safety," said Collins.

May 5 is the last day the recycling center will be open to the public, and the center will probably be off limits to residents until mid-September, said Councilman Daniel O'Dougherty.

Representatives of the Kinnelon Volunteer Animal Shelter, which is located at the DPW facility, were invited to the meeting.

O'Dougherty said IBN will start bringing its equipment to the site on May 8 and start work on May 9. He said DPW Superintendent of Public Works John Whitehead is investigating whether a nearby town could make its recycling center available to Kinnelon residents for the disposal of yard waste. Whitehead also is looking into whether a neighboring community could accept borough residents' e-waste (old electronics). If an agreement is reached with another community, Kinnelon residents would likely be charged a disposal fee, he said.

Though some residents seemed to prefer to bring their newspapers down to the borough's recycling center, where the Boy Scouts had a collection trailer, and some also brought their cardboard, glass and plastic bottles, and cans, O'Dougherty stressed that all of these items are picked up at curbside once a week. For residents' convenience, single-stream recycling was implemented where residents do not even have to separate their recyclables, he said. …

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