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September Recycling Calendar: Holiday Closing, ‘First Saturday of the Month’ and Household Hazardous Waste Drop-offs,

Recycling Pick-up Date Adjusted for Labor Day Holiday

BRIDGEWATER - The Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane, will be closed Monday, Sept. 7, in observance of Labor Day.

Curbside pickup for residents of Bernards Township will be Tuesday, Sept. 8.

For more information, call the Recycling Center at (732) 469-3363 or visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle/recyclescedule.html.

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‘First Saturday of the Month’ Drop-off on Sept. 5

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 Sept. 5 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.  The next Household Hazardous Waste event is Sept. 12 in Branchburg.

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, 2015, locations to recycle consumer electronic waste (e-waste) in Somerset County will change.

For the convenience of residents, locations in the northern and southern portion of the county will be available to recycle e-waste, Monday through Friday.

For more information visit http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle/electronics.html or call 908-231-7681 or email Vigilant@co.somerset.nj.us

Following is the schedule of days, locations and times for 2015 Saturday and weekday recycling under the revised Somerset County Electronic Waste Program:

  • Saturday drop-offs will be Sept. 5, Oct. 3, 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, Building B, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 and the South County Public Works Garage, 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844.

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Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off on Sept. 12

BRANCHBURG – Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Director Patricia Walsh, recycling liaison, invites Somerset County residents to take advantage of the next Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off (HHW) event to get rid of hazardous items that cannot go in the trash.

The next scheduled free drop-off for Somerset County residents and farmers is Saturday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.at the Branchburg Township Public Works Garage, located at 34 Kenbury Road, Branchburg, NJ 08876.

The final Household Hazardous Waste drop-off event for 2015 will be held Oct. 24 in Hillsborough.  No registration is necessary, but proof of Somerset County residency is required.

Household hazardous waste includes banned or outdated pesticides, antifreeze, transmission fluids, brake fluids, wet-cell car batteries, motor oil (2-gallon maximum), fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent light bulbs, ammonia-based cleaners, gasoline, kerosene, mercury switches, oil-based paints, pool chemicals, helium balloon tanks, propane tanks and rechargeable and button-cell batteries.

In June, 571 county residents dropped off approximately 59,900 pounds of hazardous materials for proper disposal.  In addition, 220 gallons of used motor oil, 110 gallons of antifreeze, 45 propane tanks and 50 wet-cell batteries were collected and recycled.
For more information on types or quantities of materials accepted, contact the Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management at (908) 231-7031, email solidwaste@co.somerset.nj.us or visit the Somerset County website at www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle for recycling programs and information.

No tires, electronics (computers and televisions), infectious waste, gas cylinders, smoke detectors, air conditioners or dehumidifiers are accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off events.

Residents can dispose of tires each month at First Saturday of the Month drop-off events. All First Saturday drop-off events are held at the Somerset County Recycling Center in Bridgewater. For more information, call the Recycling Center at (732) 469-3363.

Effective Sept. 1, 2015, locations to recycle consumer electronic waste (e-waste) in Somerset County will change.

For the convenience of residents, locations in the northern and southern portion of the county will be available to recycle e-waste, Monday through Friday.

For more information visit http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle/electronics.html or call

908-231-7681 or email Vigilant@co.somerset.nj.us

Following is the schedule of days, locations and times for 2015 Saturday and weekday recycling under the revised Somerset County Electronic Waste Program:

  • Saturday drop-offs will be Sept. 5, Oct. 3, 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, Building B, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 and the South County Public Works Garage, 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844.
    To stay up to date with Somerset County events and information, sign up for free email alerts at www.co.somerset.nj.us/subscribe.html or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Workshop to Teach Benefits of Composting

Registration deadline is Sept. 15

SOMERVILLE – Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Director Patricia Walsh, recycling liaison, invites county residents to attend a backyard-composting workshop Tuesday, Sept. 22, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 6:30 to 8 p.m. 

The workshops will be held in the second-floor Engineering Conference Room of the Somerset County Administration Building, located at 20 Grove St., Somerville, NJ 08876.  A $50 registration fee includes attendance at a workshop, a compost bin and literature.  Registration is required by Tuesday, Sept. 15.

A registration form and composting information are available at www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle/composting.html

The workshops are sponsored by the Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management and Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County.

Participants will learn how to compost kitchen and yard debris into a "black gold" organic material for use in the yard, garden and for houseplants.  

The program also will include a brief presentation titled "Cut It & Leave It," and other environmentally friendly lawn-care strategies.  

Composting reduces the amount of discarded garbage, acts as a natural fertilizer by returning nutrients to the soil, improves soil aeration and reduces soil diseases. It also helps to conserve the Earth's resources.  

For more information and to register, contact Recycling Coordinator Melissa Harvey, Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management, at (908) 231-7109 or harvey@co.somerset.nj.us