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General Recycling Information

What do I have to recycle?
Business Recycling
Set-out Requirements (Adobe PDF)
Buy Recycled Information
Municipal Program Summary(Adobe PDF)
Markets Directory for Recyclable Materials (Adobe PDF)
Construction and Demolition Project (Adobe PDF)

What am I required to recycle?

Residents (including multifamily units) must recycle the following materials:

• Aluminum cans
• Glass bottles and jars
• Steel cans
• Plastic milk, water, soda and laundry bottles
• Newspaper
• Mixed paper (magazines, office paper, junk mail)
• Corrugated cardboard
• Leaves
• Brush
• Motor oil
• Textiles
• Masonry/paving material (asphalt, block, brick, cinder, and concrete)
• Rechargeable batteries (Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion) and   Small Sealed Lead (Pb))
• Tires
• White goods (washers, dryers, ranges, refrigerators, air conditioners)

Residential Curbside Collection Programs

Each municipality in Middlesex County has a curbside collection program for recyclables available to residents. If you need further information on your town's program, such as the schedule or set out requirements, you may contact your municipal recycling coordinator and/or the Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA), depending upon the town in which you live.

MCIA participating town residents can call 1-800-488-6242 or their local municipal recycling coordinator.

New Brunswick
Old Bridge
South Amboy
South River

Non-MCIA participating town residents should call their local municipal recycling coordinator.

East Brunswick
Highland Park
North Brunswick
Perth Amboy
South Brunswick
South Plainfield

Buying Recycled

Recycling is a three step process, otherwise known as the RECYCLING LOOP:
• Separation of recyclables from garbage,
• Collection/sorting and processing of the recyclables, and
• The use of the recycled material to manufacture new products.

Only when new products made from recycled materials have been purchased is recycling truly complete.

Some Examples of Products that you can Purchase that are Made from Recycled Materials:

  • chipboard (cereal boxes)
  • writing paper
  • greeting cards
  • cardboard storage boxes
  • cat litter and animal bedding
  • notepads/ notebooks
  • toilet paper, tissues, napkins
  • playground cover-recycled wood or tires
  • door mats made from tires
  • garden hoses made from tires
  • newspaper
  • plastic trash bags
  • plastic lumber
  • carpet made from soda bottles
  • plastic, aluminum or steel garbage cans
  • plastic compost bins
  • clothing made from plastic
  • aluminum cans
  • steel/tin cans
  • re-refined motor oil
  • glass bottles and jars
  • composted potting & top soil, mulch
Check out your local retail/grocery store. You'll find plenty of products and packaging made from recycled materials!

This symbol indicates that the item was made with recycled materials.

To find recycled products, access New Jersey's Recycled Products Directory visit http://www.anjr.com/search/anjrsearch_fr.html