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January 2016 Recycling Calendar: Holiday Closing, 'First Saturday' Drop-off

Recycling Pick-up Date Adjusted for New Year’s Day Holiday

BRIDGEWATER – The Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane, will be closed Friday, Jan. 1, in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday.

Recycling pickup for residents of North Plainfield and Green Brook, and Canal Walk and Somerset Run in Franklin Township, will be Monday, Jan. 4.

Due to the holiday, some recycling pickups scheduled in Somerset County the week of Jan. 4 may be delayed. Residents are asked to leave their recyclables at the curb.  Remaining collections will be completed as soon as possible. The Somerset County Recycling Division thanks residents for their patience and understanding.

County Offices will be closed Jan. 18 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday; however, the Recycling Center will be open.  Recycling pickups will proceed as scheduled. The 2016 Recycling Schedule is available at http://bit.ly/2016Recycling.

For more information, call the Somerset County switchboard at 908-231-7000 and ask to be transferred to the Recycling Center, or email Ellen Sweney at sweney@co.somerset.nj.us

To view the 2016 Recycling Collection Schedule and more, go to www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle/recyclescedule.html.

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‘First Saturday of the Month’ Drop-off on Jan. 9

BRIDGEWATER – The next  First Saturday of the Month Drop-off event will be held Jan. 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane.

First Saturday drop-off events enable busy residents to recycle tires, clean textiles and usual curbside items in one fell swoop.  They also enable residents to 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 have the option of disposing of clean dry textiles throughout the year at 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 is 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, call the Somerset County switchboard at 908-231-7000 and ask to be transferred to the Recycling Center, or email Ellen Sweney at sweney@co.somerset.nj.us

Residents wishing to help the needy during these difficult economic times have two options. They can bring canned goods and non-perishable food donations to First Saturday of the Month drop-off events or they can put out canned goods in a plastic bag on their usual recycling pickup dates. Items are delivered to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County.  Perishable items and foods in glass containers are not accepted.

Locations to recycle consumer electronic waste (e-waste) free of charge in Somerset County have changed.  For more information visit http://bit.ly/SCe-waste

Following is the schedule of days, drop-off locations at county facilities and times for upcoming Saturday and weekday e-waste recycling under the revised Somerset County Electronic Waste Program:

  • Saturday drop-offs:  Jan. 9, Feb. 6, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, July 9, Aug. 6, Sept. 10, Oct. 1, Nov. 5 and Dec. 3, 2016  from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South County Public Works Garage, 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844. 
  • Weekday drop-offs:  Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North County Public Works Facility, 411 Chimney Rock Road - north of Route 22 - Building B, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 and the South County Public Works Garage, 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844.