Sustainability practices in CA vs NJ


As someone who has recently moved across states from California to New Jersey, the sustainability practices specially as a renter were definitely an adjustment. So to make this easy on folks moving to California or New Jersey here is some quick information on the various sustainability practices in the two states.

PracticeCaliforniaNew Jersey
Recycling in your apartment complexAll buildings will usually have separate trash, recycling and composting receptacles. All buildings will usually have separate trash and recycling
Composting in your apartment complexAll buildings will usually have separate trash, recycling and composting receptacles. Composting receptacles are not mandated in apartment complexes. Please find a central composting center.
Take out containersStyrofoam and plastic takeout containers and cutlery aren’t allowed. However, you will often see plastic cutlery. Styrofoam and plastic takeout containers and cutlery aren’t allowed. However, you will often see plastic cutlery.
Single use bags at marketsSingle use plastic bags have been outlawed in California. Stores will sell single use compostable bags or reusable bags instead. Single use plastic bags have been outlawed in California. Stores will sell single use compostable bags or reusable bags instead.
Recycling on the goHard to find – most trash cans are multi-use and go to the landfill.Hard to find – most trash cans are multi-use and go to the landfill.
Composting on the goHard to find – most trash cans are multi-use and go to the landfill.Hard to find – most trash cans are multi-use and go to the landfill.
Electric car rebatesVaries by county and car make. See here for more details. Varies by car make. See here for more details.

Note: This blogpost doesn’t cover other sustainability practices like adding solar cells to your house as those aren’t feasible for renters.


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