Somerset County September Recycling Calendar:

Holiday Closing & Schedule Changes, Composting Workshops, Household Hazardous Waste & Rx Drop-off Events

Recycling Pick-up Date Adjusted for Labor Day Holiday 
BRIDGEWATER – Somerset County Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher, recycling liaison, reminds county residents that the Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane, will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.  

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Curbside collection for residents of the following locations will be TuesdaySept. 4: Bernards Twp. /Franklin – Society Hill I and II, Whitehall Manor, Beacon Hill and surrounding areas.

Due to the holiday, some recycling pickups scheduled in Somerset County the week of Sept. 3 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.

For more information, contact the Somerset County Recycling Center at (732) 469-3363 or RecyclingDiv@co.somerset.nj.us.

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‘First Saturday of the Month’ Drop-off in Bridgewater Sept. 8
BRIDGEWATER – Somerset County Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher, recycling liaison, reminds county residents that the First Saturday of the Month Drop-off event in September is being held the following week due to the Labor Day holiday, on Sept. 8 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater 08807. Proof of Somerset County residency is required; a valid New Jersey driver’s license is preferred. Pre-registration is not required. No businesses or commercial vehicles are allowed.


First Saturday drop-off events enable busy residents to recycle tires and the usual curbside items in one fell swoop. 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. Poster board, greeting cards, backing from writing pads and empty, dried-out steel paint cans also are accepted.

Somerset County no longer accepts textiles at First Saturday of the Month drop-offs. Please continue to recycle your used textiles at any local charity donation bin.

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.

Canned goods and non-perishable food donations for needy residents also are welcome at First Saturday of the Month drop-off events; you also can put out canned goods in a plastic bag on your 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.

Household hazardous waste and electronic waste are not accepted at First Saturday of the Month drop-off events at the Recycling Center. You 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 a Hillsborough location. 

A complete listing of recyclable items, recycling drop-off events and much more is available at www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle

Electronic Waste Drop-off Sept. 8 in Hillsborough
HILLSBOROUGH – Somerset County Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher, recycling liaison, invites county 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. 8 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South County Public Works Facility 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. Proof of Somerset County residency is required; a valid New Jersey driver’s license is preferred. No businesses are allowed. No commercial vehicles are permitted at the electronic waste events. The following is a list of upcoming days, locations and times in 2018 to drop off electronics:

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 Solid Waste Division at 908-231-7109, email solidwaste@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.

Sept. 26 Workshop Discusses Backyard Composting 
SOMERVILLE – Somerset County Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher, recycling liaison, invites county residents to attend a workshop about backyard composting on WednesdaySept. 26, 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. 19. 

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. 22 in Branchburg
BRANCHBURG – Somerset County Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher, 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 SaturdaySept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Branchburg Township Public Works Garage, located at 34 Kenbury Road, Branchburg 08876

Proof of Somerset County residency is required; a valid New Jersey driver’s license is preferred. 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, 909 county residents participated.  Approximately 89,950 pounds of hazardous materials were dropped off for proper disposal.  In addition, 275 gallons of used motor oil, 165 gallons of antifreeze, 73 propane tanks and 157 wet-cell batteries were collected and recycled.

DO NOT drop-off tires, electronics (computers and televisions), infectious waste, gas cylinders, smoke detectors, air conditioners and dehumidifiers will NOT be 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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RX Disposal Drop-off Program

Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano and the Somerset County Solid Waste Management Division invite county residents to take advantage of the Rx Mission Drive-in/Drop-Off medicine-collection program. The program is held in conjunction with scheduled Somerset County Household Hazardous Waste drop-off events, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. Sheriff's officers are on hand to accept unwanted or outdated prescription and over-the-counter medications from residents for safe disposal.

Scheduled drop-offs in 2018 are as follows: Sept. 22: Branchburg Township Public Works Garage, 34 Kenbury Road, Branchburg, NJ 08876; and Oct. 20: South County Public Works Garage, 410 Roycefield Road Hillsborough, NJ 08844.

The Rx Mission Drive-in/Drop-Off program is sponsored by the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, the Somerset County Solid Waste Management Division and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Medications should be dropped off in their original packages or bottles. The name of the medication should be visible. Illegal drugs, liquid medications, needles and sharps should not be brought to the drop-off.

In Somerset County, needles and syringes of any kind can be dropped off at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, located at 110 Rehill Ave. in Somerville. NJ, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Call (908) 685-2200 for more information about the Safe Syringe Program. More information about the Safe Syringe Program is available through the NJ Hospital Association, 760 Alexander Road, Princeton, NJ 08543 – 609-275-4000.

Residents unable to participate in the scheduled drop-off events can take advantage of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Medicine Collection Drop Box, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, no questions asked. The drop box is located on the lower level of the Somerset County Administration Building at 20 Grove St. in Somerville, near the entrance to the Sheriff’s Office.

For the convenience of residents, additional drop boxes are located at participating municipalities.

The Following are municipal 24/7 medicine drop-box locations that are part of the program: Bernards Township Police Department, 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920- (908) 766-1122 (7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  After hours, use the phone in the station house); Bound Brook Police Department Lobby, 226 Hamilton St., Bound Brook, NJ 08805-(732) 356-0800;  Branchburg Police Department, 590 Old York Road at Route 202 North, Branchburg, NJ 08876-(908) 526-3830; Franklin Township Police Department, 495 DeMott Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873-(732) 873-5533; Hillsborough Township Police Department, 379 S. Branch Rd., Hillsborough NJ 08844-(908) 369-4323; North Plainfield Police Department, 263 Somerset St., North Plainfield, NJ 07060-(908) 769-2937; Warren Township Police Department, 44 Mountain Blvd., Warren, NJ 07059-(908)753-1146.

For more information regarding medicine collection, contact Capt. Steve SanAntonio at (908) 231- 7168, Sheriff’s Officer Nick Fazio at (908) 231-7140, ext. 9, or visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle and click on Home Medical Waste. Residents can receive notifications via text messages through Nixle by signing up at www.co.somerset.nj.us/about/emergency-alerts.

NOTE:  Under NO circumstances should needles be put in any type of container and placed out for recycling collections.  Needles and sharps should not be brought to First Saturday or Household Hazardous Waste drop-off events.

More Project Medicine Drop information is available from the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.   

For more information regarding medicine collection, contact Capt. Steve SanAntonio at (908) 231- 7168, Sheriff’s Officer Dave Daneker at (908) 231-7140, ext. 9, or visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle and click on Home Medical Waste. Residents can receive notifications via text messages through Nixle by signing up at www.co.somerset.nj.us/about/emergency-alerts.