County Recycling Calendar for March

1st Saturday & Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off

First Saturday of the Month Drop-Off


BRIDGEWATER - The Somerset County Recycling Center , located at 40 Polhemus Lane , will be holding its next First Saturday of the Month event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 5.

As part of the program, residents can drop off textiles, tires, scrap metal, 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.  Also poster board and backing from writing pads are accepted.

Additionally, residents can drop off consumer electronics (e-waste).  E-waste includes computers (CPUs), servers, monitors, terminals/CRTs, televisions, printers, fax machines, copiers, computer/laptop peripherals, telecommunication equipment (telephones, cellular phones, telephone mainframes), keyboards, mice, cables, wiring, circuit boards, modems,  power supplies, laptops, docking stations, audio visual equipment, typewriters, VCRs, mainframe equipment and controllers, camcorders,  CDs, DVDs, computer disks, diskettes,  videotapes, cassette tapes, and rechargeable and button-cell batteries.  Residents should individually bag each battery or tape each terminal to avoid short-circuiting of batteries.

In addition to First Saturday of the Month events, residents can drop off electronics at Newtech Recycling Inc., located at 600A Apgar Drive , Somerset 08873 , weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Both drop-off opportunities are free. 

Also, residents may bring up to eight tires, with or without rims, to First Saturday of the Month events.

No household hazardous waste will be accepted at Saturday drop-off events.

For a complete listing of recyclable items, recycling events and much more, visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle.html or call the Somerset County Recycling Center at (732) 469-3363.

Residents wishing to help the needy during these difficult economic times can bring canned goods and non-perishable food donations to the First Saturday event.  Items will be delivered to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County.  Perishables and foods in glass containers are not accepted by food banks.


Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off


BERNARDS - The first of six Somerset County Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off events for Somerset County homeowners and farmers will be held on Saturday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bernards Township Public Works Garage, located at 277 S. Maple Ave., in Basking Ridge 07920 .

No registration is necessary, but proof of residency is required.  The program is free to county residents. 

No tires or electronics will be accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste drop-off.

Additional Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off days will be held at different locations on April 30, June 18, Aug. 6, Sept. 17 and Oct. 22. 

At the Oct. 2010 drop-off event, 402 residents and one school disposed of approximately 33,110 pounds of potentially hazardous materials. Among the materials collected for proper disposal were 55 barbeque propane tanks, 330 gallons of used motor oil, 55 gallons of antifreeze and 62 wet-cell batteries.

 For more information on types or quantities of materials accepted, contact the Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management at (908) 231-7031 or solidwaste@co.somerset.nj.us or visit the Somerset County Web site at www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle.html for recycling programs and information.