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Obtain a Recycling Bin

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Each new homeowner is entitled to one round 20-gallon recycling container 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 Department of Public Works at 400 Jersey Avenue Building #1 to pick up containers. Containers should be picked up within one year of purchasing the new home.

Residents and businesses must pay for additional containers.

Residents and businesses must pay for new bins if old bins are lost or stolen.

All containers are sold at the cost incurred and set by the Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA).

The 20-gallon round container currently costs $9.70. 
32-gallon round recycling containers are also available for purchase for $14.68.

The City is tax exempt; therefore no tax will be charged. Only cash and checks will be accepted.  Make checks payable to The City of New Brunswick. A receipt will be provided.

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. 

The City/County recycling containers are for the specified recyclable materials only.  If trash is placed in your recycling container it will not be collected.

Use of other containers for recycling is not encouraged, however other open rigid containers up to 32 gallons and no heavier than 50 lbs will be accepted for collection of single stream recycling.

Containers can be obtained during normal office hours Monday – Friday at the Department of Public Works at 400 Jersey Avenue New Brunswick, NJ 08901.  Please come in between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. excluding holidays.

Please call (732) 745-5059 if you have any questions. Thank you for using bins, not bags, for recycling.