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What, Where, and When to Recycle Items in Somerset County During December

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BRIDGEWATER - Residents are urged to take advantage of the last First Saturday of the Month Drop-off event in 2017 on Dec. 2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater 08807.  

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.

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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.

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.  

Drop-Off Electronic Waste Dec. 2 in Hillsborough

Residents are invited to declutter their homes of the many electronic items that tend to accumulate on the next free-of-charge Saturday electronic waste drop-off event Dec. 2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South County Public Works Garage at 410 Roycefield Rd., Hillsborough 08844

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

• Saturday drop-off:  Dec. 2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South County Public Works Garage, 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough 08844.

• Weekday drop-offs:  Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North County Public Works Facility - Building B - 411 Chimney Rock Road, north of Route 22, 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.

 For more information, call the Somerset County Recycling Center at (732) 469-3363.  To view the 2017 Recycling Collection Schedule and more, go to www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle. Sign up for free email alerts at www.co.somerset.nj.us/subscribe  or follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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