HELMETTA/SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Department of Public Works has made the following adjustments to trash collection in Helmetta and Spotswood due to the coronavirus pandemic impacting New Jersey and the nation. The changes come on the heels of the state of emergency declared for the borough of Spotswood on Tuesday.

All trash must be placed in bags including garbage that is inside of cans. Any garbage not placed inside a bag will not be collected according to a public notice released by the Spotswood Department of Public Works via a Nixle advisory. Loose bags will also not be collected according to a revision from the DPW sent out on Thursday. All trash must be bagged and placed inside a garbage can.

Metal pickups will be temporarily suspended as well. The pickup scheduled for March 26 will be completed, but none will be scheduled after.

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The bulk pickup scheduled for March 30 will be completed. However, there will not be any more bulk pickups scheduled until further notice. Metal and electronics can continue to be dropped off at the Spotswood Borough Recycling Center. Residents are asked by the DPW not to leave trash at the recycling center.

The DPW's changes to their regular collection routine take effect on Monday, March 23.

As of now, there are not any changes to recycling collections. Any changes as to how recycling will be picked up would be announced by Middlesex County. Residents with questions about recycling collections can telephone 800-488-6242.