Interstate 95 is expected to reopen this weekend thanks, in part, to the diligent recycling of Burlington County residents.
Ultra-light foamed glass aggregate rocks made by AeroAggregates are being used as fill for the I-95 repair, and Burlington County is one of the company’s major suppliers of recycled glass used to manufacture the rocks.
Last year, Burlington County shipped more than 7,100 tons of glass to the Delaware County, Pennsylvania company.
“Burlington County has supplied AeroAggregates with crushed recycled glass for the past four years. It’s a great partnership and we were thrilled to learn that the company’s rocks were being used to build the temporary highway on I-95,” said Burlington County Commissioner Deputy Director Tom Pullion. “It’s a great example of where recycling ends up and how it can make a difference. Every glass bottle and jar we toss into recycling containers matters, so we encourage our residents to continue to recycle right.”
Glass bottles and jars are among the materials that residents can and should place in their recycling carts. Labels can remain on jars and bottles but caps and lids should be removed and glass food containers should be rinsed.
More than 84 million pounds of glass, paper and other recyclables were collected by Burlington County last year, saving county municipalities and property taxpayers more than $3.7 million.
“Burlington County was the first county in New Jersey to launch a regional recycling program and we continue to have one of the largest and most successful programs in the state,” Pullion said. “It’s good for our environment and also our economy and manufacturing chains. Plus, the more household items we can recycle, the more we can help our towns keep their solid waste costs low, which benefits all taxpayers.”
More information about recycling is available on the County’s free Recycle Coach app. The app can downloaded from iTunes or the GooglePlay app store and has information about what materials are accepted and updates and alerts about collection schedules for each towns, plus advice and tips for recycling right.
Information is also available on the Burlington County website at burlcorecycles.com or by calling 609-499-1001.