County Recycling News – September

Posted on August 24, 2017

Take advantage of three drop-off events and a composting workshop in September

The next curbside recycling pick-up in Montgomery Township is Friday, September 1st.

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‘First Saturday of the Month’ Drop-off in Bridgewater Sept. 9

BRIDGEWATER – Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Director Patrick Scaglione, recycling liaison, invites residents to take advantage of the next First Saturday of the Month Drop-off event Sept. 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater 08807.  September’s First Saturday drop-off is being held the following week due to the Labor Day holiday.

First Saturday drop-off events enable busy residents to recycle tires; clean, dry 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.

Recyclable textiles include: sheets, blankets, curtains, shoes (pairs), towels, winter and summer clothes (no ripped or torn clothing), belts, handbags and small stuffed animals.  Clean, dry textiles should be placed in plastic garbage bags.

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, greeting cards, backing from writing pads and empty, dried-out steel paint cans are accepted.

Following are upcoming First Saturday of the Month drop-off dates: Sept. 9 (due to the Labor Day holiday), Oct. 7, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2.  For more information about First Saturday events, visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/1stSat or call the Somerset County Recycling Center at (732) 469-3363.

Residents wishing to help the needy during these difficult economic times 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.

A complete listing of recyclable items, recycling drop-off events (First Saturday of the Month, household hazardous waste, medicine, e-waste and tire) and much more is available at www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle.

Household hazardous waste and electronic waste are not accepted at First Saturday of the Month drop-off events at the Recycling Center.  Residents can recycle household hazardous waste at any of the five scheduled Household Hazardous Waste drop-off events held at different locations around the county.  Electronics can be dropped off free of charge on certain Saturdays in Hillsborough and weekdays at a Bridgewater and Hillsborough location, for the convenience of residents.

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Drop-Off Electronic Waste Sept. 9 in Hillsborough

HILLSBOROUGH – Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Director Patrick Scaglione, recycling liaison, invites residents to declutter their homes of the many electronic items that tend to accumulate. The next free-of-charge Saturday electronic waste drop-off event is Sept. 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Somerset County South County Public Works Garage at 410 Roycefield Rd., Hillsborough 08844.  September’s usual electronic waste drop-off is being held the following week due to the Labor Day holiday.

Following is a listing of upcoming days, locations and times in 2017 to drop off electronics:

  • Saturday drop-offs:  8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South County Public Works Garage, 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough 08844 on Sept. 9 (due to the Labor Day holiday), Oct. 7, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2.
  • 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 08807 and the South County Public Works Garage, 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough 08844.

The following materials are accepted:  computers (desktops and laptops), monitors (cathode-ray tube and flat panel), televisions (cathode-ray tube and flat panel), copiers, digital cameras, DVD players, e-book readers, fax machines, MP3 players, personal digital assistants (PDAs), printers, stereos, radio equipment, VCRs, audio visual equipment, typewriters, camcorders, telephones, cellular phones, circuit boards, modems, telephone mainframes, keyboards, mice, scanners, cables, wiring, power supplies, mainframe equipment and controllers.

Batteries are not accepted:  Residents can recycle household hazardous waste and lithium and rechargeable batteries at any of the five scheduled Household Hazardous Waste drop-off events held at different locations around the county.  AA, AAA, D, C and 9 volt batteries can be disposed in the regular trash.

For more information about recycling electronics, contact the Somerset County Road Division at (908) 541-5021, email roaddiv@co.somerset.nj.us or visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/e-waste.

A complete listing of recyclable items, recycling drop-off events (First Saturday of the Month, household hazardous waste, medicine, e-waste and tire) and much more is available at www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle.

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Sept. 16 Workshop Covers Benefits of Composting
Registration deadline is Sept. 13

SOMERVILLE  – Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Director Patrick Scaglione, recycling liaison, invites county residents to attend a backyard-composting workshop Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The workshops will be held at the Somerset County Administration Building at 20 Grove St. in Somerville 08876 in the Engineering Conference Room on the second floor. A $50 registration fee includes attendance at a workshop, a compost bin and literature.  Registration is required by Wednesday, Sept. 13.

A registration form and composting information are available at http://bit.ly/SCCompost

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 Solid Waste Manager Melissa Harvey, Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management, at (908) 231-7109 or harvey@co.somerset.nj.us.

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Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Sept. 16 in Branchburg

BRANCHBURG – Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Director Patrick Scaglione, recycling liaison, invites residents to take advantage of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop-off events to clean up household hazardous waste items that accumulate around the home.

The next Household Hazardous Waste drop-off for Somerset County homeowners and farmers is Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Branchburg Township Public Works Garage, located at 34 Kenbury Road, Branchburg 08876.

No registration is necessary, but proof of Somerset County residency is required.  The program is free to county residents.

Household hazardous waste includes banned or outdated pesticides, antifreeze, transmission fluid, 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, propane tanks and rechargeable and button-cell batteries.

For more information on types and 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 www.co.somerset.nj.us/HHW

At the June HHW drop-off, 657 county residents participated.  Approximately 83,750 pounds of hazardous materials were dropped off for proper disposal.  In addition, 320 gallons of used motor oil, 110 gallons of antifreeze, 72 propane tanks and 51 wet-cell batteries were collected and recycled.

No tires, electronics (computers and televisions), infectious waste, gas cylinders, smoke detectors, air conditioners and dehumidifiers are accepted. This drop-off is for residents only.  No commercial vehicles are allowed and no 55-gallon drums are accepted. Residents can dispose of tires at First Saturday of the Month Drop-off events.

A complete listing of recyclable items, recycling drop-off events (First Saturday of the Month, household hazardous waste, medicine, e-waste and tire) and much more is available at www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle.

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Source: Somerset County Division of Solid Waste