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October Recycling Calendar: ‘First Saturday’ & E-Waste Drop-Offs

Post Date:09/19/2018 10:36 AM

‘First Saturday of the Month’ Drop-off in Bridgewater Oct. 6
BRIDGEWATER – Somerset County Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher, recycling liaison, invites county residents to take advantage of the First Saturday of the Month Drop-off event on Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater, NJ 08807. Proof of residency is required (current driver's license, valid lease, tax bill or any other bill with a Somerset County address). Pre-registration is not required. No businesses or commercial vehicles 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, and cake and cracker boxes without the plastic liners. Poster board, greeting cards, backing from writing pads and empty, dried-out steel paint cans are also 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.

For more information about First Saturday events, visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/1stSat 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; and 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 on 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 Hillsborough location. 

A complete listing of recyclable items, recycling drop-off events and much more is available at www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle

Electronic Waste Drop-off Oct. 6 in Hillsborough

HILLSBOROUGH – Somerset County Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher, recycling liaison, invites county residents to declutter their homes of electronic items that have accumulated. The next free-of-charge Saturday Electronic Waste Drop-off event is Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South County Public Works Facility at 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844. Proof of residency is required (current driver's license, valid lease, tax bill or any other bill with a Somerset County address). Pre-registration is not required. No businesses or commercial vehicles are allowed.

Following is a list of e-waste drop-off locations, dates and times in 2018:

  • Saturday drop-offs: 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, NJ 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, NJ 08807 and the South County Public Works Garage, 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844. 

The following materials are accepted:  computers (desktops and laptops), monitors (cathode-ray tube and flat panel), televisions (cathode-ray tubes and flat panels), 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 accepted:  Residents can recycle household hazardous waste including 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.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Oct. 20 in Hillsborough

Hillsborough – Somerset County Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher, recycling liaison, invites residents to take advantage of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop-off events to clean up household hazardous waste items that have accumlated around the home.

The last Household Hazardous Waste drop-off in 2018 for Somerset County homeowners and farmers is Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South County Public Works Garage, located at 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844.

Proof of residency is required (current driver's license, valid lease, tax bill or any other bill with a Somerset County address). The program is free to county residents.  

Household hazardous waste includes banned or outdated pesticides, antifreeze, transmission fluid, brake fluids, wet-cell car batteries, motor oil (two-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 the types and quantities of materials accepted, contact the Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management at (908) 231-7031, or email solidwaste@co.somerset.nj.us or visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/HHW 

At the June HHW drop-off, 909 county residents participated.  Approximately 89,950 pounds of hazardous materials were dropped off for proper disposal.  In addition, 275 gallons of used motor oil, 165 gallons of antifreeze, 73 propane tanks and 157 wet-cell batteries were collected and recycled.

DO NOT drop off tires, electronics (computers and televisions), infectious waste, gas cylinders, or smoke detectors. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers will NOT be accepted. This drop-off is for residents only. Proof of residency is required (current driver's license, valid lease, tax bill or any other bill with a Somerset County address). Pre-registration is not required. No businesses or 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.

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 is available at www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle .

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For more information about recycling electronics, contact the Somerset County Solid Waste Division at 908-231-7109, email solidwaste@co.somerset.nj.us or visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/e-waste.

Rx Disposal Drop-off Program

Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano and the Somerset County Solid Waste Management Division invite county residents to take advantage of the Rx Mission Drive-in/Drop-off medicine-collection program. The program is held in conjunction with scheduled Somerset County Household Hazardous Waste drop-off events, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. Sheriff's officers are on hand to accept unwanted or outdated prescription and over-the-counter medications from residents for safe disposal.

The final Rx drop-off of 2018 will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, at the South County Public Works Garage, 410 Roycefield Road Hillsborough, NJ 08844.

The Rx Mission Drive-in/Drop-off program is sponsored by the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, the Somerset County Solid Waste Management Division and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Medications should be dropped off in their original packages or bottles. The name of the medication should be visible. Illegal drugs, liquid medications, needles and sharps should not be brought to the drop-off.

In Somerset County, needles and syringes of any kind can be dropped off at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, located at 110 Rehill Ave. in Somerville, NJ, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Call (908) 685-2200 for more information about the Safe Syringe Program. More information about the Safe Syringe Program is available through the NJ Hospital Association, 760 Alexander Road, Princeton, NJ 08543 or call  609-275-4000.

Residents who are unable to participate in the scheduled drop-off events can take advantage of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Medicine Collection Drop Box, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, no questions asked. The drop box is located on the lower level of the Somerset County Administration Building at 20 Grove St. in Somerville, near the entrance to the Sheriff’s Office.

For the convenience of residents, additional drop boxes are located at participating municipalities.

The Following are municipal 24/7 medicine drop-box locations that are part of the program: Bernards Township Police Department, 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 - (908) 766-1122 (7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  After hours use the phone in the station house); Bound Brook Police Department Lobby, 226 Hamilton St., Bound Brook, NJ 08805- (732) 356-0800;  Branchburg Police Department, 590 Old York Road at Route 202 North, Branchburg, NJ 08876- (908) 526-3830; Franklin Township Police Department, 495 DeMott Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873- (732) 873-5533; Hillsborough Township Police Department, 379 S. Branch Road, Hillsborough NJ 08844- (908) 369-4323; North Plainfield Police Department, 263 Somerset St., North Plainfield, NJ 07060- (908) 769-2937; Warren Township Police Department, 44 Mountain Blvd., Warren, NJ 07059- (908)753-1146.

 For more information regarding medicine collection, contact Capt. Steve SanAntonio at (908) 231-7168, Sheriff’s Officer Nick Fazio at (908) 231-7140, ext. 9, or visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle and click on “Home Medical Waste.”

NOTE:  Under NO circumstances should needles be put in any type of container and placed out for recycling collections.  Needles and sharps should NOT be brought to First Saturday or Household Hazardous Waste drop-off events. More Project Medicine Drop information is available at the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.  

 


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