BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bring it – everything from old car tires, used motor oil, cardboard and the usual curbside materials to the Somerset County Recycling Center, 40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater on the first Saturday of the month from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

First Saturday drop-offs enable residents to recycle tires, clean textiles and usual curbside items in one fell swoop. Residents are also asked to bring food items that will be donated to local food banks. 

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.

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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.  
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 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), free of charge, in Somerset County have changed.  For more information visit http://bit.ly/SCe-waste

Following is the schedule of days, drop-off locations at county facilities and times for 2015 and 2016 Saturday and weekday e-waste recycling under the revised Somerset County Electronic Waste Program:

Saturday drop-offs in 2015 and 2016 will be:  Dec. 5, 2015 and Jan. 9, Feb. 6, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, July 9, Aug. 6, Sept. 10, Oct. 1, Nov. 5 and Dec. 3, 2016  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 - north of Route 22 - Building B, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 and the South County Public Works Garage, 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844.