What am I required to recycle?
Residents (including multifamily units) must recycle the following materials:
• Aluminum cans
• Glass bottles and jars
• Steel cans
• Plastic Bottles with #1 code or #2 code found on the bottom*
• Mixed paper (magazines, office paper, junk mail)
• Corrugated cardboard
• Motor oil
• Masonry/paving material (asphalt, block, brick, cinder, and concrete)
• Rechargeable batteries (Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion) and Small Sealed Lead (Pb))
• White goods (washers, dryers, ranges, refrigerators, air conditioners)
* Common examples of code #1 & #2 plastics include but are not limited to: water, soda, milk, and juice bottles, laundry detergent and most toiletry bottles. Be sure to check for the recycling symbol on the bottom of your plastic containers. The number inside of the recycling symbol indicates the type of plastic.
Residential Curbside Collection Programs
Each municipality in Middlesex County has a curbside collection program for recyclables available to residents. If you need further information on your town's program, such as the schedule or set out requirements, you may contact your municipal recycling coordinator and/or the Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA), depending upon the town in which you live.
MCIA participating town residents can call 1-800-488-6242 or their local municipal recycling coordinator:
Cranbury, Dunellen, Helmetta, Jamesburg, Middlesex, Monroe, New Brunswick, Old Bridge, Piscataway, Plainsboro, Sayreville, South Amboy, South River, and Spotswood.
Non-MCIA participating town residents should call their local municipal recycling coordinator:
Carteret, East Brunswick, Edison, Highland Park, Metuchen, North Brunswick, Perth Amboy, South Brunswick, South Plainfield, and Woodbridge.
Recycling is a three step process, otherwise known as the RECYCLING LOOP:
• Separation of recyclables from garbage,
• Collection/sorting and processing of the recyclables, and
• The use of the recycled material to manufacture new products.
Only when new products made from recycled materials have been purchased is recycling truly complete.
Some Examples of Products that you can Purchase that are Made from Recycled Materials:
• chipboard (cereal boxes)
• writing paper
• greeting cards
• cardboard storage boxes
• cat litter and animal bedding
• notepads/ notebooks
• toilet paper, tissues, napkins
• playground cover-recycled wood or tires
• door mats made from tires
• garden hoses made from tires
• plastic trash bags
• plastic lumber
• carpet made from soda bottles
• plastic, aluminum or steel garbage cans
• plastic compost bins
• clothing made from plastic
• aluminum cans
• steel/tin cans
• re-refined motor oil
• glass bottles and jars
• composted potting & top soil, mulch
Check out your local retail/grocery store. You'll find plenty of products and packaging made from recycled materials!