Household Hazardous Waste Days

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The Somerset County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program gives residents and farmers a legal and cost-free way to dispose of unwanted household items that cannot be disposed of in the regular trash.  This drop-off opportunity is for residents only. 

Five events are held annually at various locations around the county from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to enable residents to take advantage of the program. Proof of Somerset County 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 allowed.  Adherence to social distancing guidelines is required. Residents must wear facial coverings, stay in their vehicles with the windows rolled up and store hazardous materials in trunks, cargo areas or truck beds.   Following is the 2021 schedule:

March 20  Bernards Township Public Works Garage    277 South Maple Ave Basking Ridge 07920
April 17 Warren Township Public Works Garage 1 Bardy Road Warren 07059
June 19 South County Public Works Garage 
410 Roycefield Road Hillsborough 08844
Sept. 18 Branchburg Township Public Works Garage 34 Kenbury Road Branchburg 08876
Oct. 16 South County Public Works Garage 410 Roycefield Road Hillsborough 08844

Household hazardous waste includes banned or outdated pesticides, antifreeze, transmission fluid, brake fluids, wet-cell car batteries, motor oil (2-gallon maximum), used oil filters, fluorescent tubes and compact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

Somerset County Sheriff Darrin Russo and the Somerset County Solid Waste Management Division invite county residents to take advantage of the RxMission Drive-In/Drop-Off medicine-collection program, which is held in conjunction with scheduled Household Hazardous Waste drop-off events, rain or shine.  Residents can drop off medications at as many of the Household Hazardous Waste drop-off events as they wish to safely dispose of unwanted or outdated prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications from their homes.  Sheriff's officers are on hand to accept the medications.  More details about the medicine drop program are available on the Home Medical Waste webpage.

No tires, electronic waste (computers and televisions), infectious waste, gas cylinders, smoke alarms, unknown or unidentified material, 55 gallon drums, dioxins, PCBs, carbon monoxide detectors, explosives, air conditioners, dehumidifiers or any items that contain a refrigerant, Pentachlorophenol and 2, 4, 5-TP (Silvex), are accepted. No commercial vehicles are allowed.  

Please note:  Waste will not be accepted from commercial vehicles

For more information on types and quantities of materials accepted at Household Hazardous Waste events, contact the Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management at (908) 231-7031 or email.

For more information about recycling electronic (e-waste),  contact the Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management by email or phone at (908) 231-7109.

For information about dropping off tires at First Saturday drop-off events, call the Somerset County Recycling Center at (732) 469-3363.

Please note that materials accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Days are NOT the same as those accepted at First Saturday of the Month Days.

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An Additional Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Option is available to residents who wish to dispose of hazardous waste between county-sponsored collection days. The Morris County Permanent Household Hazardous Waste Facility will accept materials from Somerset County residents on a fee basis. For information, contact the Morris County Facility at (973) 829-8006. Morris County will explain their pricing to you and give you an appointment for disposal of Household Hazardous Waste materials. Morris County will not accept explosives or radioactive materials.

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