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Trash & Recycling - General Information


Residential Recycling and Trash Collection Information

Recycling is mandatory in the State of New Jersey.
At no time are you permitted to place recyclables in the trash.

Municipal Regulations for Solid Waste Collection and Disposal

Our recycling containers are provided by the Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA) and can be picked up at DPW at 400 Jersey Avenue.  They are to be used only for the specified recyclable material indicated. If trash is placed in your recycling container, it will not be collected.

2021 Trash and Recycling Collection Schedule - English
2021 Trash and Recycling Collection Schedule - Spanish

Download the free RecycleCoach app to learn what’s recyclable and what’s trash.
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Recyclables
Time: Recyclables will be collected between 6AM and 6PM on your zone's assigned dates. Place your recyclables curbside by 6AM on your scheduled day, or after 5PM the night before.
Restrictions: 
-Bags CANNOT be used as recycling containers and will not be collected.
-No recyclables will be collected on the holidays as indicated on the Collection Schedules above.

Trash
Time: Household trash must be placed curbside after 5PM on the evening before the scheduled collection day, or by  6AM on your scheduled day.
Restrictions: 
-Up to three trash containers per household will be accepted.
-Trash may also be placed in plastic disposal bags, not less than 3 mils thick and securely tied.  
-No container may weigh more than 50 lbs. or be larger than 32 gallons.
-Residents must call the New Brunswick Department of Public Works at (732) 745-5104 to arrange for the collection of bulk items or additional solid waste material.
-No trash will be collected on the holidays as indicated on the Collection Schedules above.


Important Links:
How to Report Missed Trash or Recycling Pickup
How to Get Curbside Recycling Containers
How to Recycle Electronics and Paint Products - on Second Saturdays
How to Recycle Other Special Items 
(Appliances, scrap metal, brush, Christmas trees, leaf composting, household hazardous waste, motor oil, cooking oil and grease, tires)