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Recycle Right in New Brunswick!

All residents in the City of New Brunswick should practice proper recycling habits to help keep our community clean and green!

Recycling Right helps to improve trash and recycling collection efficiency and lowers the carbon footprint of our community.

Proper recycling is easy!

  • The City of New Brunswick practices single-stream recycling, meaning that bottles, cans, paper, and small, flat cardboard can be mixed together in the same recycling bin for collection.
  • Recycling should be placed in a bin – not a bag. Bags get caught in sorting equipment and slow down trash and recycling collection crews. Bags also cost money to purchase!
  • Large cardboard must be flattened and tied with string in bundles no more than 4’x4’
    (larger bundles not accepted). Small flat cardboard can be placed in a recycling bin.
  • Each new homeowner is entitled to two round 20-gallon recycling containers for free for each residential unit at the time they purchase their new home.  New homeowners must bring a copy of their new deed to the New Brunswick DPW at 400 Jersey Avenue, Building #1 to pick up containers. Containers should be picked up within one year of purchasing the new home.
  • Additional containers can be purchased at cost at DPW.
  • Broken or damaged City/County issued recycling containers that are brought back to the Department of Public Works will be replaced with a brand new City/County issued recycling container free of charge for New Brunswick residents only.
  • If your recycling was placed curbside properly and on time for your scheduled collection date, but was not picked up, please leave it curbside and call the New Brunswick DPW promptly at (732) 745-5059.

It is also important to remember what can and cannot be recycled. Only place acceptable items in your recycling bins. 

Plastic bags, light bulbs, scrap metal, books, wires, garden hoses and waxed cardboard are just a few of the items that are improperly placed in recycling containers. See the graphic below for a list of frequent recycling contaminants and put these in regular trash!


More information on proper recycling can be found here or via the City’s MyWaste/Recycle Coach app.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping to ensure proper trash and recycling collection habits in our City!