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Somerset County April Recycling Calendar

Post Date:03/28/2018 2:00 PM
Somerset County Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher, recycling liaison, invites county residents to take advantage of any or all of the following recycling opportunities during the month of April:

‘First Saturday of the Month’ Drop-off in Bridgewater April 7

BRIDGEWATER – The next First Saturday of the Month Drop-off event will be held April 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater 08807. A valid driver’s license to confirm Somerset County residency is required. Pre-registration is not required. No businesses are allowed.

First Saturday drop-off events enable busy residents to recycle tires and the usual curbside items in one fell swoop. Residents can drop off up to eight tires – with or without rims – scrap metal, used motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze and usual curbside materials, including chipboard items and plastic bottles and containers, marked #1 through #7. Chipboard includes gift, shoe, shirt and all retail boxes, as well as cereal, cookie, pasta, cake and cracker boxes, without the plastic liners. Poster board, greeting cards, backing from writing pads and empty, dried-out steel paint cans also are accepted.

Somerset County no longer accepts textiles at First Saturday of the Month drop-offs. Please continue to recycle your used textiles at any local charity donation bin.

Click here for more information about First Saturday events or call the Somerset County Recycling Center at (732) 469-3363.

Canned goods and non-perishable food donations for needy residents also are welcome at First Saturday of the Month drop-off events; you also can put out canned goods in a plastic bag on your usual recycling pickup dates. Items are delivered to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County.  Perishable items and foods in glass containers are not accepted.

Household hazardous waste and electronic waste are not accepted at First Saturday of the Month drop-off events at the Recycling Center. You can recycle household hazardous waste at any of the five scheduled Household Hazardous Waste drop-off events held at different locations around the county. Electronics can be dropped off free of charge on certain Saturdays in Hillsborough and weekdays at a Bridgewater and a Hillsborough location. 

 

Drop-Off Electronic Waste April 7 in Hillsborough

HILLSBOROUGH – The next free-of-charge Saturday electronic waste drop-off event is set for April 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South County Public Works Facility at 410 Roycefield Rd., Hillsborough 08844.  A valid driver’s license to confirm Somerset County residency is required. Pre-registration is not required. No businesses are allowed.

Following is a listing of upcoming days, locations and times in 2018 to drop off electronics:

  • Saturday drop-offs:  April 7, May 5, June 2, July 14 (due to the Independence Day holiday), Aug. 4, Sept. 8 (due to the Labor Day holiday), Oct. 6, Nov. 3, and Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South County Public Works Garage, 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough 08844.
  • Weekday drop-offs:  Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North County Public Works Facility - Building B - 411 Chimney Rock Road, north of Route 22, Bridgewater 08807 and the South County Public Works Garage, 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough 08844. 

The following materials are accepted:  computers (desktops and laptops), monitors (cathode-ray tube and flat panel), televisions (cathode-ray tube and flat panel), copiers, digital cameras, DVD players, e-book readers, fax machines, MP3 players, personal digital assistants (PDAs), printers, stereos, radio equipment, VCRs, audio visual equipment, typewriters, camcorders, telephones, cellular phones, circuit boards, modems, telephone mainframes, keyboards, mice, scanners, cables, wiring, power supplies, mainframe equipment and controllers.

Batteries are not acceptedResidents can recycle household hazardous waste and lithium and rechargeable batteries at any of the five scheduled Household Hazardous Waste drop-off events held at different locations around the county.  AA, AAA, D, C and 9 volt batteries can be disposed in the regular trash.

For more information about recycling electronics, contact the Somerset County Road Division at 908-541-5021, email roaddiv@co.somerset.nj.us or visit the e-waste webpage.

Household Hazardous Waste & Rx Drop-Offs April 21 in Warren

WARREN – The second Household Hazardous Waste drop-off in 2018 for Somerset County residents and farmers is Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Warren Township Public Works Garage, located at 1 Bardy Road, Warren, NJ 07059. A valid driver’s license to confirm Somerset County residency is required. Pre-registration is not required. No businesses are allowed.

Household hazardous waste includes banned or outdated pesticides, antifreeze, transmission fluid, brake fluids, wet-cell car batteries, motor oil (2-gallon maximum), fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent light bulbs, ammonia-based cleaners, gasoline, kerosene, mercury switches, oil-based paints, pool chemicals, propane tanks and rechargeable and button-cell batteries.

For more information on types and quantities of materials accepted, contact the Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management at 908-231-7031, email solidwaste@co.somerset.nj.us or visit the HHW webpage.


No tires, electronics (computers and televisions), infectious waste, gas cylinders, smoke detectors, air conditioners and dehumidifiers are accepted. This drop-off is for Somerset County residents only. No commercial vehicles are allowed and no 55-gallon drums are accepted. Residents can dispose of tires at First Saturday of the Month Drop-off events.

The Rx Mission Drive-In/Drop-off medicine collection also will be held April 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Warren Township Public Works Garage. The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office hosts this periodic, no-questions-asked drop-off where residents can safely dispose of unwanted and outdated prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications. For more information regarding medicine collection, contact Capt. Steve SanAntonio at (908) 231- 7168 or Sheriff’s Officer Dave Daneker at (908) 231-7140, ext. 9, or visit the home medical waste webpage.

Free Tire Drop-off for Somerset County Farmers, Residents

HILLSBOROUGH – Residents and farmers can take advantage of an opportunity to dispose of unwanted tires from their property. Up to eight tires per household can be dropped off.

The Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management is partnering with the county Road Division to collect old scrap tires, with or without rims, Monday, April 16, through Friday, April 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the South County Public Works Facility at 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough 08844.

Proper disposal of tires benefits communities.  Scrap tires can collect standing water and attract mosquitoes in warm weather, which may carry the West Nile virus.  In the autumn and winter they present a tripping hazard when covered with leaves or snow.

Tires also can be dropped off during the year at the county Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane in Bridgewater, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., as part of the First Saturday of the Month drop-off program. The next drop-off date is April 7.  For more information, visit the First Saturday program webpage.

The tire drop-off program is funded through a grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection. For more information about tire drop-offs, contact the Somerset County Road Division at (908) 541-5021 or roaddiv@co.somerset.nj.us.

Learn the Benefits of Composting at April 25 Workshop

BRIDGEWATER  – Somerset County residents are invited to attend a backyard-composting workshop Wednesday, April 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The workshops will be held at the Ted Blum 4-H Center, located at 310 Milltown Road in Bridgewater 08807. A $50 registration fee includes attendance at a workshop, a compost bin and literature. Registration is required by Wednesday, April 18. Click here for a registration form and composting information.

Participants will learn how to compost kitchen and yard debris into a "black gold" organic material for use in the yard, garden and for houseplants. The program also will include a brief presentation titled "Cut It & Leave It," and other environmentally friendly lawn-care strategies. Composting reduces the amount of discarded garbage, acts as a natural fertilizer by returning nutrients to the soil, improves soil aeration, reduces soil diseases and helps conserve the Earth's resources.

The workshops are sponsored by the Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management and Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County.

For more information and to register, contact county Solid Waste Manager Melissa Harvey at (908) 231-7109 or harvey@co.somerset.nj.us

Click here for a complete listing of recyclable items, recycling drop-off events (First Saturday of the Month, household hazardous waste, medicine, e-waste and tire) and much more.

 

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