We disucss what we've seen over the last 20+ years working with various recyclers in New Jersey, and why we think the process and industry of recycling in New Jersey is flawed and broken.
We get a lot of phone calls with regards to New Jersey recycling approvals. It's almost funny, they almost always go the exact same way. Company X calls us, and they're eager to get a New Jersey recycling permit from the NJDEP so they can set up shop and start recycling. Whether it's concrete, asphalt, wood, tires, leaves, food waste, consumer electronics, you name it, these prospective New Jersey recyclers all eventually hit the same level of frustration once they hear the truth of what's involved with getting recycling approvals in New Jersey.
Over time, I've seen quite a few companies walk away from the Garden State rather than set up shop here. I completely understand the need for strict zoning regulations, and strong environmental laws to keep our state beautiful, but why are we turning recycling companies away from New Jersey? We could certainly use more recycling opportunities, new local businesses, new jobs, and new tax sources, so why are we making getting a NJ recycling permit so hard?!