DEP Recycling Compliance
DEP Compliance

DEP Recycling Compliance

DEP Recycling Compliance

DEP Recycling inspectors perform over 24,000 inspections and compliance evaluations per year and on average, issue almost 6,000 enforcement actions. DEP Inspectors also respond and investigate citizen complaints as well as other environmental issues referred to the DEP by county, state and federal agencies. Many times these DEP investigations lead to finding and fixing environmental problems that would have otherwise remained unnoticed.

DEP recycling rules can be found in N.J.A.C. 7:26A et. seq

 

DEP Enforcement at the Municipal Level

  • By state law, municipalities are required to have a recycling ordinance in place (a local law) that specifies those recyclable materials that must be recycled from the residential, commercial and institutional sectors.
  • DEP Enforcement of municipal recycling ordinances can be through local or county health department officials as per the County Environmental Health Act. Additionally, police officers can enforce recycling ordinances although they typically are not involved in this municipal function.

DEP Enforcement at the County Level

  • By state law, counties are required to have a county level recycling plan in place that specifies, among other things, those recyclable materials that must be recycled from the residential, commercial and institutional sectors.
  • DEP county level recycling requirements can be enforced by health department officials as per the County Environmental Health Act or subsequently by other county staff empowered for this purpose.

DEP Enforcement at the State Level

  • Historically, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Solid Waste Enforcement Program has focused on the regulation of solid waste disposal and recycling facilities, as well as the transporters of solid waste. However recently, the NJDEP Solid Waste Enforcement Program has begun to conduct inspections of commercial entities to determine their compliance with local recycling requirements.
  • In conjunction with local agencies, the NJDEP conducted “Compliance and Enforcement Sweeps of Recyclable Material Generators” in New Jersey. Those targeted for inspection were provided notification of the upcoming enforcement sweep. However, despite the notifications it was found that many entities were still not recycling, most likely due to the fact many where not fully aware of the rules and regulations.
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