Residents Can Pick Up A Second Recycling Bucket for Free on April 16

South County Public Works Garage in Hillsborough

HILLSBOROUGH – The Somerset County Recycling Division is offering residents an opportunity to pick up an additional recycling bucket for free on Saturday, April 16, from 8 a.m. to Noon at the South County Public Works Garage.  The Garage is located at 410 Roycefield Road .

No registration is necessary, but proof of residency is required.

 Residents who are unable to take advantage of the April 16 pick-up date will have additional opportunities to pick up another bucket on May 14 in Bridgewater Township, May 21 in Bernards Township and June 11 in Franklin Township.  The location within each township and the times will be determined in the future.

For additional information, contact the Somerset County Recycling Division at
732-469-3363 or Ellen Sweney at sweney@co.somerset.nj.us.  Directions to the South County Public Works Garage are available at

" Somerset County remains committed to policies and tangible results that demonstrate environmental leadership. Our curbside recycling program accepting all plastic bottles and containers marked #1 through #7 is another perfect example," said Freeholder Jack M. Ciattarelli, recycling division liaison.  "To encourage recycling and accommodate these new recyclable materials, we are offering residents the opportunity to pick up an additional recycling bucket for free."

Recycling materials equates to savings for Somerset County .  Every time residents recycle designated materials, it raises the participation rate, which helps to offset the costs of the recycling program for the taxpayer.

Although recycling alone cannot solve New Jersey ’s garbage problem, recycling programs have a significant effect on reducing the volume of waste going to landfills and preserving natural resources.

According to the most recent data from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Somerset County is falling behind other counties in citizen-participation rate.  To increase the recycling rate, residents must cooperate by recycling all designated materials curbside. 

Curbside recycling provides the most convenient means for households to recycle a variety of materials.  Always recycle valuable materials such as glass bottles, aluminum and metal cans, corrugated cardboard, chipboard, newspapers, junk mail and magazines, as well as acceptable plastic bottles and containers marked #1 through #7.  For more information on recycling in Somerset County , visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle.

Residents are reminded to rinse items before placing them in the buckets. Clean recyclables are more desirable as they are considered a higher quality by the recycling mills, which purchase the materials.