Matawan residents now have access to Aberdeen's recycling center drop-off on Lenox Road in Cliffwood Beach.
A resolution finalizing the shared service agreement between the two municipalities was passed at the Matawan Borough Council meeting Tuesday night. The council also appointed Aberdeen Township Public Works Manager Robert Brady to serve as the certified recycling professional for Matawan.
The shared service provides a cost savings to the borough, who would otherwise have to build their own recycling drop-off center to comply with the Recycling Enhancement Act passed by New Jersey. The act requires that, as of 2012, all municipalities provide a recycling drop-off center overseen by a certified recycling professional to their residents.
Aberdeen's recycling center is at the Public Works Garage, located on Lenox Road off of Cliffwood Avenue. It is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. According to the agreement, Matawan residents may recycle plastic bottles, glass, cans, newspaper, mixed paper, cardboard (which includes magazines, circulars and junk mail), telephone books and all other paper products. Brush and construction materials are not accepted.
Use of the recycling center will be provided free of charge to the borough for the first six months. At that point, the impact of the additional use of the center by Matawan residents will be evaluated to see if a fee is necessary.
Matawan also agreed to pay up to $5,000 a year for Brady to serve as the certified recycling professional and submit all tonnage reports on behalf of the borough.
The service will not affect regularly scheduled recycling pickup in Matawan.