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All Middlesex County buildings will remain closed to the general public until further notice due to COVID-19. Only select County services are available on an appointment basis.
Johnson and Donaldson Parks are open with limited services and amenities. For more information, click here.


Plastic Bag Ban:
Beginning May 4, 2022, NJ Law will prohibit retail stores and restaurants from providing or selling single use plastic bags.  Start today and begin to utilize a reusable bag instead!

Reusable Bags:
Conserve Resources, Protect Wildlife and Reduce Litter.

How can I recycle my existing plastic bags? 
DO NOT PLACE PLASTIC BAGS OF ANY KIND IN YOUR CURBSIDE RECYCLING BIN. Your curbside recyclables can be placed directly in your bin, there is no need to bag this material.

Most Wal-Mart, Acme, Stop and Shop, Kohls, ShopRite, Target and Lowes stores accept plastic film, including bags, for recycling. Bring plastic bags to these drop off locations.
For more information about what materials can be brought to these drop offs, or to find the nearest location to you, check the following website:
This website lists the types of film that are accepted.  Click on “Participating U.S. Locations” for the location nearest you.

Why can't I just recycle my bags with my curbside recyclables?
Plastic bags clog up the equipment at the facilities that process our curbside recyclables which causes lost production hours and money.

What items can I include with plastic bags?
Visit the websites above for a specific list. For general guidance, do not include other plastic containers or bottles, compostable bags, film/bags contaminated with food, wet bags, frozen food bags, or black plastic garbage bags. Bread bags, plastic film covering cases of water, cereal bags, newspaper bags, and plastic shopping bags are all accepted at these drop offs.

For more information about the upcoming plastic bag ban, visit:​

Return to Solid Waste Management

Solid Waste Management
13-15 Kennedy Blvd.
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Phone: 732-745-4170
Fax: 732-296-6566
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