November Recycling Calendar: ‘First Saturday,’ Tire Drop-off, Holiday Closings
‘First Saturday of the Month’ Drop-off
BRIDGEWATER - Somerset County residents can take advantage of the next First Saturday of the Month Drop-off event to clean up around their homes on Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater, N.J. 08807.
First Saturday drop-off events enable busy residents to recycle tires, clean textiles and usual curbside items in one fell swoop, as well as help people in the community who are less fortunate by donating food items for a local food bank.
As part of the program, residents can drop off up to eight tires - with or without rims, scrap metal, used motor oil, oil filters, 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, backing from writing pads and empty, dried-out steel paint cans are accepted.
Residents also have the option of disposing of clean dry textiles throughout the year by bringing them to scheduled Saturday drop-off events. Textiles include drapes, curtains, sheets, towels, belts, handbags, shoes (pairs), clean cloth and small stuffed animals. Textiles only will be accepted in a plastic bag.
No household hazardous waste will be accepted at First Saturday Drop-off events.
For a complete listing of recyclable items, recycling events and much more, visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle or call the Somerset County Recycling Center at (732) 469-3363.
Residents wishing to help the needy during these difficult economic times now have two opportunities. They can continue to bring canned goods and non-perishable food donations to First Saturday Drop-off events or they can put out canned goods in a plastic bag on their usual recycling pickup dates. Items will be delivered to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County. Perishable items and foods in glass containers are not accepted by food banks.
Somerset County no longer accepts consumer electronics (e-waste) at First Saturday of the Month events. Residents can recycle e-waste, free of charge, at Newtech Recycling Inc., located at 600A Apgar Drive, Somerset, N.J. 08873, on selected Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Upcoming drop-off dates at Newtech are Nov. 1 and Dec. 6. For more information about Newtech Recycling Inc., call (732) 564-3110 or visit www.newtechrecycling.com.
Free Tire Drop-off for Somerset County Farmers, Residents
Nov. 17 – 21 in Hillsborough
HILLSBOROUGH – Somerset County Freeholder Patricia Walsh, recycling liaison, encourages residents and farmers to take advantage of an opportunity to dispose of unwanted tires from their property, free of charge.
The Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management is partnering with the county Road Department to collect old scrap tires, with or without rims, Monday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 21, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the South County Public Works Garage. The Garage is located at 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844.
Proper disposal of tires benefits communities. Scrap tires can collect standing water and attract mosquitoes in warm weather, which may carry the West Nile virus. In the autumn and winter they present tripping hazards when covered with leaves or snow.
The tire drop-off program is funded through a grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection.
Tires also can be dropped off during the year at the county Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane in Bridgewater, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., as part of the “First Saturday of the Month” drop-off program. Upcoming drop-off dates are Nov. 1 and Dec. 6.
For more information, contact the Somerset County Road Division at (908) 541-5021 or email@example.com.
Recycling Pick-up Dates Adjusted for Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Holiday
BRIDGEWATER – The Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane, will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 11, and Thursday, Nov. 27, in observance of the Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day holidays, respectively.
Curbside collection for residents of Hillsborough and Millstone will be Wednesday, Nov. 12, for the Veterans Day holiday.
Recycling pickup for residents of Franklin Township and South Bound Brook, will be Friday, Nov. 28, for the Thanksgiving Day holiday.
Curbside-recycling collection for residents of Franklin Park, Griggstown, Montgomery and Rocky Hill will be on their regularly scheduled pickup date of Nov. 28.
The Recycling Center will be open on Election Day, Nov. 4. Curbside collection for residents of Bedminster, Bernardsville, Peapack-Gladstone and Far Hills will be on their regularly scheduled pickup date of Nov. 4.