The recycling program at O.T.C. serves as a cornerstone to our expansion into community-based contracts and has been hailed as one of the most innovative recycling programs in the nation. In 2013, the Burlington County Board of Freeholders approved funding to convert the collection of recyclables to a single-stream process and O.T.C. completed the conversion in January of 2015. This new single-stream process gives homeowners the convenience of combining cans, bottles, glass, newspapers and cardboard in one container and is estimated to dramatically increase the collection rate of recyclable materials over the coming years.
In addition to providing the environmental and recycling services to Burlington County, the State of New Jersey, and the Federal Government, the program also provides employment to adults with disabilities through our occupational training programs. Working in conjunction with our training centers, we are able to employ more than 65 individuals with disabilities to work in the collection and processing of recyclables and as heavy machinery operators. In addition to providing exceptional recycling services, our center also creates an opportunity for these adults to learn job skills, establishes self-sufficiency, and promotes a sense of pride and accomplishment.