Recycling Information

Residents can mix any recyclable material in the SAME container. You no longer have to separate co-mingled from paper and cardboard. 
Click HERE for more details. For more information contact the Recycling Coordinator at (732) 721-5600 x6107.

***Effective January 1, 2015, recycling of televisions and electronics has been temporarily suspended. The Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management has recently rebid electronics recycling services and will notify the Township when a new contract has been awarded so the Township’s consumer electronics recycling program can resume. The NJDEP has provided a list of drop off locations at several local electronics retailers who will accept items until further notice. Click HERE OR call 1-866-DEP-KNOW to find a location nearest you.***

The Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA) provides bi-weekly curbside recycling collection in the township. Newspaper should 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. Recyclables in plastic bags are NOT accepted.


*If you are a new resident 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
Rectangle bins- $10.00

Recycling Schedule 2015:

Ward 1

Ward 2

Wards 3 & 4

Ward 5

Ward 6

Jan. 5, 19

Jan. 6, 20

Jan. 7, 21

Jan. 8 ,22

Jan. 9, 23

Feb. 2, 16

Feb. 3, 17

Feb. 4,  18

Feb. 5, 19

Feb. 6, 20

Mar.  2,16, 30

Mar. 3, 17, 31

Mar. 4, 18

Mar. 5, 19

Mar. 6, 20

Apr. 13, 27

Apr.  14, 28

Apr. 1, 15, 29

Apr. 2, 16, 30

Apr. 3, 17

May 11, *30

May  12, 26

May 13, 27

May  14, 28

May 1, 15, 29

June 8, 22

June 9, 23

June 10, 24

June  11, 25

June  12, 26

July  6, 20

July 7, 21

July 8, 22

July 9, 23

July  10, 24

Aug. 3, 17, 31

Aug. 4, 18

Aug. 5, 19

Aug. 6, 20

Aug.  7, 21

Sept. 14, 28

Sept. 1, 15, 29

Sept. 2, 16, 30

Sept. 3, 17

Sept. 4, 18

Oct. 12, 26

Oct.  13, 27

Oct. 14, 28

Oct. 1, 15, 290

Oct. 2, 16, 30

Nov. 9, 23

Nov. 10, 24

Nov. 11, 25

Nov.  12, 28*

Nov. 13, 27

Dec. 7 ,21

Dec. 8, 22

Dec. 9, 23

Dec. 10, 24

Dec. 11, 26*

 Click here if you are not sure which ward you reside in.

*2015 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.

Containers:  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 bag (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.
Mixed Paper: Magazines, newspapers, 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. Place mixed paper in the blue rectangular bin. 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).

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 center located on Rt. 516 is open Monday – Saturday from 7:00 am until 3:00 pm. Items accepted at the center include all materials collected curbside, motor oil, automotive batteries, metal items, carpeting, mattresses, box springs, concrete, brick and block. Major appliances are collected bi-weekly by appointment only. Call Public Works to request a pickup: (732) 721-5600 ext. 6140.


You can now recycle concrete, brick & block by appointment only. Call 732-721-5600 x6107 to set up an appointment. No commercial vehicles.



The Township is now accepting mattresses and box springs at the Recycling Center!!


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 click HERE.

Middlesex County provides tire drop-off sites in Plainsboro, Metuchen, East Brunswick, and Woodbridge. Please call 732-745-4170 for dates and locations, or click HERE. 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 now accepted at the Old Bridge Department of Public Works open Mon-Fri from 7:30am to 3:30pm, located in the Municipal Complex. Batteries accepted include rechargeable batteries ONLY (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. 

Carpeting is accepted at the recycling center however we do NOT accept padding or tack strips.

COMPUTERS ARE ACCEPTED AT THE OLD BRIDGE RECYCLING CENTER. Items accepted include: monitors, scanners, modems, printers, cables, keyboards, towers, copy machines and CPU's.  

Old Bridge has a metal recycling container available to all township residents.  All metal items are accepted, such as:               

  • BBQ Grills
  • Basketball Hoops
  • Bed Frames
  • Chain Link Fencing                                
  • Golf Clubs
  • Pipes
  • Pots and Pans                                
  • Lawn Mowers (All fluids must be removed)
  • Storm Doors

White Goods/Appliances:
White goods/appliances will be collected bi-weekly by appointment only. Call 732-721-5600 ext. 6140 to arrange an pickup. The office is open Monday thru Friday from 7:30am - 3:30pm. Please note: Contact your private garbage hauler for the disposal of items such as furniture and contractor debris.


Click HERE for 2015 Middlesex County Dates and Locations.

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 items.
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.

2015 Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Dates and Locations:
Middlesex County Division of Highways, North Brunswick
Saturday, May 16, 2015
8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Old Bridge Department of Public Works
Sunday, July 19, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Woodbridge Department of Public Works 
Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Middlesex County College, Edison
Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015
8:00 a.m.- 2 p.m.

For directions or more information, click HERE or contact the Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management - (732) 745-4170 or e-mail