According to, the Mercer County Improvement Authority (MCIA) started strictly enforcing its recycling policy starting Feb. 12.

The MCIA website says that "all recyclables must be in the official buckets and at the curb by 7:00 AM" and should not be placed in plastic bags.

Here are the acceptable recyclable items, according to the MCIA:

  • Mixed Paper, Office Paper & Window Envelopes
  • Corrugated Cardboard  (flatten boxes and/or cut into manageable bundles)
  • Telephone Books & “Soft” Cover Books
  • Hard Cover Books (Hard cover must be removed)
  • Glass Food & Beverage Jars/Bottles (all colors)
  • Aluminum & Metal Beverage Containers
  • Pet Food Cans
  • Milk Jugs & Plastic Beverage Bottles
  • Detergent & Shampoo Containers
  • Juice Boxes & Juice/Beverage Cartons
  • Plastics with #1 or #2 Symbols

And these are the items that will not be accepted:

  • Plastic Bags
  • Pizza Boxes
  • Light Bulbs
  • Aluminum Foil/Baking Pans
  • Drinking Glasses, Dishes & Broken Window Glass
  • Ceramics & Pottery
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Motor Oil & Anti-Freeze Containers
  • Clothes Hangers
  • Bandage Tins & Cookie Tins
  • Carbon & Waxed Paper
  • Tissue Paper, Napkins, Paper Plates & Paper Towels
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastics with #3 - #7 Symbols says that if a resident does not comply with these guidelines, their recycling items will not be taken and their bin will be tagged with a Recycling Rejected Notice.


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