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DPW Asks Residents to Pitch Wipes in Trash, Recycle Cooking Oil to Preserve City Sewers


Wet wipes should be disposed of in trash to avoid clogging household pipes and City wastewater systems.

Wet wipes and cooking oil are common household items that end up in the daily trash, but they must be disposed of properly or they can cause problems for our wastewater systems!

These items, when flushed or rinsed down drains, cause clogging and maintenance problems in household pipes as well as City sewer lines and wastewater treatment equipment. As a result, sanitation workers must mitigate backup, flooding and other problems that slow down our wastewater system.

There’s a better way!

Wipes should be disposed of in regular trash. And recently, the New Brunswick DPW has recently started stocking cooking oil recycling containers!


Cooking oil recycling containers are available to New Brunswick residents via the New Brunswick DPW.

These large plastic jugs can be used to hold cooled vegetable-based cooking oil to be disposed of. Once the container is full, it can be brought to a Middlesex County recycling location to be properly discarded.

These jugs will be available to New Brunswick residents for FREE during the City’s “Earth Day at DPW” event, scheduled for Wednesday, April 19. Residents may arrive and pick up a jug at any point between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Please do your part in helping to keep our City clean and green by properly disposing of these and all household waste items.

Do you have a question about proper disposal of an item at home? Please call the New Brunswick DPW at (732) 745-5105 for help.