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Why did I get a red tag on my recycling bucket?

Mercer County to Begin Strict Enforcement of Recycling Contamination Policy 


Please be advised that beginning February 12, 2020, the Mercer County Improvement Authority will begin a strict enforcement of their recycling contamination policy. This new system and program will be phased in across town through the next several recycling collections.

If your bin contains any contaminants, it will be tagged with a red "Recycling Rejection Notice" and will not be collected. An example of this tag is below.

Please refer to the image below as a quick guide of accepted and not-accepted materials. For a more comprehensive list, visit

If you receive this tag, you are advised to bring your bins back to your property and correct the contaminants for your next scheduled recycling day.

Residents with questions are advised to contact the Mercer County Improvement Authority at 609-278-8086.



Updated 2/11/2020 3:33 PM
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