What am I required to recycle?
The following materials are picked up curbside or are to be placed at a multifamily drop-off, depending on the town:
- Aluminum cans
- Glass bottles and jars
- Steel cans
- Plastic Bottles with #1 code or #2 code found on the bottom
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.
- Mixed paper (magazines, office paper, junk mail, cereal boxes)
- Corrugated cardboard
Residents in the following towns: Cranbury, Dunellen, Helmetta, Jamesburg, Middlesex, Milltown, Monroe, New Brunswick, Old Bridge, Piscataway, Plainsboro, Sayreville, South Amboy, South Plainfield, South River, and Spotswood can call their municipal recycling coordinator or the MCIA at 1-800-488-6242 to find their local pickup schedule and setout requirements.
Residents in Carteret, East Brunswick, Edison, Highland Park, Metuchen, North Brunswick, Perth Amboy, South Brunswick, and Woodbridge should contact their municipal recycling coordinator.
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The following materials also must be recycled but are not part of your regular curbside recycling. Your municipality may have a separate curbside program for these materials or they may accept them at a drop-off center.
- Motor oil
- Masonry/paving materials (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))
- Computers, televisions, computer monitors, printers and fax machines
- White goods (washers, dryers, ranges, refrigerators, air conditioners)
Contact your municipal recycling coordinator for more information on recycling these materials.
Plastic Bag Recycling
Visit the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's webpage for more recycling information.