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A Guide to What Can Be Recycled and How To Do It

What am I required to recycle?
Residents (including those in 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*
  • Newspaper
  • Mixed paper (magazines, office paper, junk mail)
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Leaves
  • Brush
  • Motor oil
  • Textiles
  • 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))
  • Tires
  • Computers, televisions, computer monitors, printers and fax machines
  • 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, Milltown, Monroe, New Brunswick, Old Bridge, Piscataway, Plainsboro, Sayreville, South Amboy, South Plainfield, 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, and Woodbridge.
Visit the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's webpage for more recycling information.
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