First Saturday drop-off events enable busy residents to recycle tires, clean textiles and usual curbside items in one fell swoop. They also enable residents to help people in the community who are less fortunate by donating food items for a local food bank.
‘First Saturday of the Month’ drop-off events for 2017 are: Jan. 7, Feb. 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 9 (due to the Labor Day holiday), Oct. 7, Nov. 4, and Dec. 2
All drop-offs are held at the Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane in Bridgewater from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, call the Somerset County Recycling Center at (732) 469-3363.
As part of the program, residents can drop off up to eight passenger tires – with or without rims – scrap metal, used motor oil, oil filters, microwave ovens, antifreeze and usual curbside materials (newspapers; magazines; junk mail and other paper; corrugated cardboard; phone books; glass bottles; aluminum, steel and bi-metal cans), 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. Also poster board, greeting cards, backing from writing pads, empty, dried-out steel paint cans and dry textiles are accepted. Textiles include drapes, curtains, sheets, towels, belts, handbags, shoes (pairs), clean cloth and small stuffed animals. Textiles only are accepted in plastic bags.
Residents wishing to help the needy during these difficult economic times can bring canned goods and non-perishable food donations to ‘First Saturday of the Month’ drop-off events or they can put out canned goods in a plastic bag on their 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.
No household hazardous waste or electronics are accepted at First Saturday drop-off events. For information about Household Hazardous Waste drop-offs contact the Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management by email or phone at (908) 231-7031. For information about recycling electronics contact the Somerset County Road Division by email or phone at (908) 541-5021.
No refrigerators, air-conditioners or dehumidifiers are accepted.