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At a meeting of the Middlesex County Solid Waste Advisory Council on Tuesday, October 9, Paul Matacera, Recycling Director in the Middlesex County Improvement Authority, announced that plastic bags can no longer be accepted in the recycling program. Recyclables must be loose in the recycling bin. Bagged recyclables will be left at the curb.

This is not a change in the program. The rules listed in our Guide to Recycling brochures have always stated that plastic bags are not allowed. However, the companies that have picked up our recyclables at the curb have not enforced this.

Due to changes in world geopolitcal and economic conditions, it is no long possible to market recyclables that include prohibited materials like plastic bags.

We urge residents to review the acceptable materials listed on the Recycling Program page, and to include only these in the blue bins.