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November Recycling Calendar: ‘First Saturday,’ Tire Drop-off, Holiday Closings

First Saturday of the Month’ Drop-off on Nov. 7

BRIDGEWATER – Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Director Patricia L. Walsh, recycling liaison, invites Somerset County residents to take advantage of the next First Saturday of the Month Drop-off event on Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane, to clean up around their homes. 

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 or call the Somerset County Recycling Center at (732) 469-3363.

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 by food banks.

Effective Sept. 1, 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 2015 Saturday and weekday e-waste recycling under the revised Somerset County Electronic Waste Program:

  • Saturday drop-offs will be Nov. 7 and Dec. 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South County Public Works Garage, 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844. 
  • Weekday drop-offs will be 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.  These locations will be closed Nov. 11 and Nov. 26 for the Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day holidays, respectively.

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Free Tire Drop-off for Somerset County Farmers, Residents

Nov. 16-20 in Hillsborough

HILLSBOROUGH – Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Director Patricia L. Walsh, recycling liaison, encourages residents and farmers to take advantage of an opportunity to dispose of unwanted tires from their property. Up to eight tires per household can be dropped off.

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. 16, through Friday, Nov. 20, 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 a tripping hazard when covered with leaves or snow. 

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. 7 and Dec. 5. 

The tire drop-off program is funded through a grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

For more information, contact the Somerset County Road Division at (908) 541-5021 or roaddiv@co.somerset.nj.us.

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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 Wednesday, Nov. 11, and Thursday, Nov. 26, in observance of the Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day holidays, respectively.

Curbside collection for residents of Bound Brook, Manville and Somerville will be Thursday, Nov. 12, for the Veterans Day holiday. 

Recycling pickup for residents of Franklin Township and South Bound Brook will be Friday, Nov. 27, 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. 27.

The Recycling Center will be open on Election Day, Nov. 3.  Curbside collection for residents of Bedminster, Bernardsville, Peapack-Gladstone and Far Hills will be on their regularly scheduled pickup date of Nov. 3.

For more information, call the Somerset County Recycling Center at (732) 469-3363.  To view the 2015 Recycling Collection Schedule and more, go to www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle/recyclescedule.html.