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No dumping allowed!

PRINCETON — Princeton officials are concerned about dumping violations at the city’s recycling center.

At this week’s meeting of the Princeton City Council, Commissioner Joel Quiram said people have been dropping off non-recyclable items, like prescription drugs, a bathtub, toilet and vanity, drywall, mattresses and paint cans with paint.

To help curtail the unwanted materials, Quiram suggested the council consider having the recycling center open only during daylight hours, instead of the current 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. He also suggested closing off the back entrance and installing fencing and a gate at the front entrance off of North Euclid Avenue. Another recommendation would be to install more security cameras, he said.

Mayor Keith Cain said the additional cameras is a good idea, as well as additional lighting. However, at this point, Cain questioned the need to put up fencing or close the back entrance.

Commissioner Terry Madsen said the city needed to make sure it has the needed policies in place to enforce the regulations at the recycling center.

On Wednesday, Superintendent of Streets Steve Wright said the dumping of unlawful items has gotten worse in recent weeks. Maybe people don’t want to pay to take stuff to the landfill, but that doesn’t make it right to dump it at the recycling center, he said.

Additional lights and signs will be installed at the site, Wright said. The city ordinance does have an ordinance prohibiting illegal dumping, which could result in a $750 fine.

If the unlawful dumping does continue, he might recommend opening the recycling center only during daylight hours, Wright said. However, he realized opening the center only during the daytime could be a hardship for people who work during the days.

Most people are very good about only taking approved materials to the recycling center, Wright added.

According to the city website, Princeton’s recycling center collects about 4.6 tons of recyclable waste on a daily basis.

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Materials accepted at the recycling center include:
• Paper and cardboard of all kinds, with pieces not to exceed 24 inches by 24 inches.
• Metal jar lids, steel and tin.
• All plastic, including plastic bags.
• Styrofoam, except for Styrofoam peanuts.
• Glass bottles and jars.
*Alumnimum and alumnimum foil.
• All items with a recycling symbol.

Among the materials NOT accepted:
• Styrofoam peanuts.
• Flower pots.
• Window, plate or mirror glass.
• Ceramic or pottery
• Light bulbs.
• Drinking glasses.
• Electronics. (The city of Princeton does have an an electronics collection drive twice a year, which is the only time the city can accept electronics, according to Superintendent of Streets Steve Wright.)
Source: City of Princeton website.

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