Recycling Schedule 2014


The Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA) provides bi-monthly curbside recycling collection in the township. Newspaper should now be placed in the rectangular bin with mixed paper. Bundled corrugated cardboard, mixed paper, textiles, commingled glass, aluminum, steel and plastic containers are collected curbside. Containers for mixed paper and commingled recyclables are available in the Public Works building . Recyclables in plastic bags are not accepted.

Ward 1

Ward 2

Wards 3 & 4

Ward 5

Ward 6

Jan. 6, 20

Jan. 7, 21

Jan. 8, 22

Jan. 9 ,23

Jan. 10, 24

Feb. 3, 17

Feb. 4, 18

Feb. 5,  19

Feb. 6, 20

Feb. 7, 21

Mar. 3, 17, 31

Mar. 4, 18

Mar. 5, 19

Mar. 6, 20

Mar. 7, 21

Apr. 14, 28

Apr. 1, 15, 29

Apr. 2, 16, 30

Apr. 3, 17

Apr. 4, 18

May 12, *31

May  13, 27

May 14, 28

May 1, 15, 29

May 2, 16, 30

June 9, 23

June 10, 24

June 11, 25

June  12, 26

June  13, 27

July  7, 21

July 8, 22

July 9, 23

July 10, 24

July  11, 25

Aug. 4, 18

Aug. 5, 19

Aug. 6, 20

Aug. 7, 21

Aug.  8, 22

Sept. *6,  15, 29

Sept. 2, 16, 30

Sept. 3, 17

Sept. 4, 18

Sept. 5, 19

Oct. 13, 27

Oct.  14, 28

Oct. 1, 15, 29

Oct. 2, 16, 30

Oct. 3, 17, 31

Nov. 10, 24

Nov. 11, 25

Nov. 12, 26

Nov.  13, 29*

Nov. 14, 28

Dec. 8 ,22

Dec. 9, 23

Dec. 10, 24

Dec. 11, 27*

Dec. 12, 26

*2014 Holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. If your collection day falls on any of these holidays, collection is rescheduled for the following Saturday.


A 20 gallon round blue container would be used for commingled recyclables. You may use your own container, however, the containers must be marked with your name and address. Commingled recyclables include metal cans, glass containers, and plastic.

A 14 gallon rectangular blue container would be used for mixed paper. If you have more mixed paper than you can fit in your rectangular container, place the overflow in a brown paper grocery bags (not plastic grocery bags).

Recyclables not accepted include: drinking glasses, window glass, mirrors, Pyrex dinnerware, light bulbs, plastic toys, polystyrene or Styrofoam (such as plastic cups or food trays), plastic wraps, aluminum foil, gardening or garage plastics, any #3, #4, #5 or #6 plastics.

Commingled Recyclables: Place metal cans, glass and plastic bottles in the blue, 20-gallon round container at the curb. Check the bottom of the container to make sure the plastic is either #1 PETE or #2 HDPE. Rinse the containers and crush them to maximize capacity. Remove the caps and place them in the trash for collection with your regular trash for collection with your regular garbage.

Newspapers: Clean newsprint and newspaper inserts only. Newspaper should now be placed in the rectangular bin with mixed paper.

Mixed Paper:
Magazines, junk mail, cereal boxes and other non-wax-coated food boxes, greeting cards, gift boxes, brown paper bags (such as supermarket or shopping bags), nonmetallic wrapping paper or gift wrap, envelopes, office records, telephone books, file folders, receipt and books with the covers removed. Flatten boxes to maximize capacity. Placed mixed paper in the blue rectangular bin provided by the MCIA. Close the lid tightly when you leave the bin at the curb.

Corrugated Cardboard: Layered cardboard with a center that is shaped into ridges, folds or grooves (such as shipping boxes and the packaging for most appliances or larger household items). Flatten the cardboard and tie the sheets into stacks no larger than 24 inches square and 24 inches high (anything larger than 24 inches will not be accepted).

Textiles: Clean, dry clothing or fabric and other recyclable textiles such as shoes, belts or handbags. Place clothing or fabric larger than 12 square inches in the textile bag provided by the MCIA. Close the bag securely and leave it at the curb with your other recyclables. The collection crew will leave a replacement bag in its place. Comforters, pillows and rugs are not accepted.

Changes in collection schedules due to weather or emergencies will be announced on radio stations WCTC 1450 AM, WMGQ 98.3 FM and NJ 101.5.

The recycling drop off center in the public works yard is open Monday – Saturday from 7:00 am until 3:00 pm. Items accepted at the center include all materials collected curbside, motor oil, and automotive batteries. Household batteries may be dropped off at any building in the Township municipal complex. Major appliances are collected weekly by appointment only. Call 721-5600 ext. 6140.





*  if you are a new resident and requesting free bins, you must bring in your house closing papers or your deed.  Free recycling bins are available 12 months from the date you close.  After 1 year, you must purchase bins.


Round bins- $10.00

Rect. bins- $10.00

checks only


Saturday March 22- 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or until the truck is full. ***********

Recycling Center Parking Lot

Note: Limited to 5 file boxes or up to 100 lbs.










Old Bridge Township provides paint recycling on the second Saturday of each month from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Public Works yard. In addition, Middlesex County provides eight paint drop-off sites conveniently located in East Brunswick, Woodbridge, Dunellen, Helmetta, Middlesex, New Brunswick, South Brunswick and South Plainfield. Items accepted are: latex, water and oil-based paints, stains, varnishes, lacquers, thinners, paint in aerosol spray cans. Call 732-745-4170 for more information or

Middlesex County provides tire drop-off sites in Plainsboro, Metuchen, East Brunswick, and Woodbridge. Please call 732-745-4170 for dates and locations. Open to Middlesex County residents only (must show proof of residency). Check-in required. Maximum number of tires accepted per visit: 6. Automobile and light truck tires only. Oversized tires and tires from businesses or commercial interests will not be accepted. Go to  for locations and hours.

Batteries are accepted at the Old Bridge Public Library, located in the municipal complex. Batteries accepted include rechargeable batteries (C, D, AA, 9-volt, etc.); the button cell batteries found in watches, calculators and other small electronic items; and larger batteries, such as those found in cell phones, laptops, and camcorders. Alkaline batteries will no longer be accepted for recycling. Alkaline batteries now fall below Federal and State hazardous waste standards and can be disposed of in the regular trash.

Old Bridge will accept computer and computer related items for recycling on the second Saturday of each month at the recycling center. The hours are 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Items accepted include monitors, scanners, modems, printers, cables, keyboards, towers, copy machines and CPU's. You may also bring computers to Sims Recycling Solutions with other consumer electronics.

Middlesex has a permanent drop-off site for broken or outdated consumer electronic items, located at the SIMS Recycling Solutions, 401 Mill Road, Edison, NJ. 08837 . Hours: First Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; and the third Monday of each month from 12 noon - 4:00 p.m. Closed holidays and some weekend. This service is free to Middlesex County residents (proof of residency will be requested.) Items accepted include: computer equipment (including CPUs, monitors, keyboards, scanners, modems, printers, and cables), TVs, telephones, irons, flourescent lamps and thermostats and thermometers containing mercury. For directions and information: Contact the Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management at (732) 745-4170, or e-mail


New Jersey’s new Electronic Waste Management Act went into effect on January 1 requiring TVs, computers and monitors and other items known as e-waste to be recycled. The new law means residents can no longer put these devices out on the curb for pickup with regular solid waste.

Environmental Commissions can play a key role in keeping these items out of the solid waste stream by finding out what options are available for local e-waste recycling. They can help residents understand the importance of complying with the new law, because e-waste contains lead, mercury, cadmium and other toxins. Cathode Ray Tubes, or CRTs, contain large amounts of lead that is used to shield consumers from radiation.

All 21 counties and many municipalities already have e-waste recycling programs, including special collection events and drop-off points. Best Buy stores and community-based service programs, most notably Goodwill Industries and the Salvation Army, also accept these materials. The NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is compiling a resource list to assist residents in finding collection points. A working draft of the list is available at

Manufacturers of these devices will now be funding the collection of e-waste so that it is free for consumers. The new law also contains strict provisions to ensure that, once collected, the materials are recycled properly and in accordance with state and federal laws.

The Act does not cover cell phones, DVD players, VCRs, game consoles, or other electronic devices, although some retailers and service organizations provide opportunities for recycling these items.

White Goods/Appliances
White goods/appliances will be collected by appointment only. Call 732-721-5600 ext. 6140 to arrange an appointment. Please note: Contact your private garbage hauler for the disposal of items such as furniture, mattresses, and contractor debris.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program

Household hazardous waste drop-off events will be held five times this year at various locations throughout the County.

HHW drop-off is free. However, you must be a resident of Middlesex County (proof of county residence is required, i.e. a drivers license). HHW is limited to residential waste only. Waste from commercial or industrial sources is not permitted. Containers larger than 5 gallons are not accepted.

Items accepted include, but are not limited to: adhesives, aerosol cans, antifreeze, batteries (household or car), brake fluid, drain cleaners, driveway sealer, fluorescent light bulbs (no broken bulbs, please), gas/oil mix, herbicides, kerosene, latex paints, lighter fluid, mercury thermometers, motor oil, oil filters, oil based paints, oven cleaner, paint thinner, pesticides, petroleum lubricants, photographic chemicals, pool chemicals, propane tanks, stains/varnishes, thermostats, transmission fluid, used oil filers.

Tires, empty containers, explosives & munitions, infectious waste and unknowns are not permitted - please do not bring these.

Residents bringing asbestos containing material must pre-register Call 732-745-4170 for details. Asbestos must be doubled bagged (heavy plastic) and cannot weigh more than 300 pounds.

Whenever possible, leave liquids in their original containers. If materials are not in their original containers please label the container to indicate contents.

2014 Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Dates and Locations:


Woodbridge Public Works Dept.
225 Smith Street
Saturday, September 20, 2014
8:00 am- 2 pm

Middlesex County Road Dept.
Apple Orchard Lane
North Brunswick Saturday, May 17, 2014
8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Middlesex County College

Woodbridge Ave. & Mill Road
Edison Sunday, March 16, 2014
8:00 am - 2:00 pm

 Sunday, November 16, 2014
8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Old Bridge Public Works Dept.
Municipal Complex - Rt. 516
Old Bridge
Sunday, July 210 2014
8:00 am - 2:00 pm

For directions or more information: Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management - (732) 745-4170 or e-mail