Residents Can Pick Up A Second Recycling Bucket for Free on Sept. 24 in Basking Ridge

BERNARDS – The Somerset County Recycling Division is offering Somerset County residents from all 21 municipalities an opportunity to pick up an additional recycling bucket for free on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bernards Township Department of Public Works, located at 277 S. Maple Ave. , in Basking Ridge 07920 . 

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

For additional information, contact the Somerset County Recycling Division at
732-469-3363 or Ellen Sweney at sweney@co.somerset.nj.us

" 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 bottles, cans and plastic containers 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.

Directions to the Bernards Township Department of Public Works are as follows:

~ Take Rt. 287 North or South to Exit 30A ( North Maple Avenue /
   Basking Ridge)
~ Exit and continue traveling on North Maple Avenue for 2 miles
~ North Maple Avenue turns into South Maple Avenue
~ Bernards Public Works Garage is on the right-hand side


~ Take Rt. 78 East or West to Exit 33
~ From 78 East get off exit ramp, turn left at the light
~ From 78 West, get off exit ramp, turn right at the light
~ Go to fourth light, turn right onto Lyons Road
~ Continue on Lyons Road for 2 miles
~ Go through traffic light, pass Lyons Mall on left
~ Go under railroad tracks
~ Turn right onto Crossroad and follow to the end
~ At stop sign, make left onto South Maple Avenue
~ Bernards Department of Public Works is on the left-hand side