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3/2/2016 - Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off on March 19

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off on March 19

BERNARDS – Somerset County Freeholder Mark Caliguire, recycling liaison, invites county residents to take advantage of Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off (HHW) events to safely get rid of hazardous items that cannot go in the trash.

The first HHW drop-off opportunity in 2016 for Somerset County residents and farmers is Saturday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bernards Township Public Works Garage, located at 277 S. Maple Ave, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.

No registration is necessary, but proof of Somerset County residency is required.

Household hazardous waste includes banned or outdated pesticides, antifreeze, transmission fluids, brake fluids, wet-cell car batteries, motor oil (2-gallon maximum), ammonia-based cleaners, gasoline, kerosene, oil-based paints, pool chemicals, helium balloon tanks, propane tanks, rechargeable and button-cell batteries, mercury switches, fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent light bulbs and old thermostats.

In 2015, 3,036 county residents dropped off approximately 247,260 pounds of hazardous materials for proper disposal, including 428 car and wet-cell batteries, 1,485 gallons of used motor oil, 495 gallons of antifreeze and 229 propane tanks.

For more information on types or quantities of materials accepted, contact the Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management at (908) 231-7031 or email

No tires, electronics (computers and televisions), infectious waste, gas cylinders, smoke detectors, air conditioners or dehumidifiers are accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off events.

Residents can dispose of tires each month at First Saturday of the Month drop-off events. All First Saturday drop-off events are held at the Somerset County Recycling Center in Bridgewater. For more information, call the Recycling Center at (732) 469-3363.

Somerset County offers residents the opportunity to recycle electronic waste (e-waste) free of charge by dropping them off on selected Saturdays and weekdays.

Acceptable e-waste includes: Computers (desktops and laptops), monitors (cathode-ray tube and flat panel), televisions (cathode-ray tube and flat panel), copiers, digital cameras, DVD players, e-book readers, fax machines, MP3 players, personal digital assistants (PDAs), printers, stereos, radio equipment, VCRs, audio visual equipment, typewriters, camcorders, telephones, cellular phones, circuit boards, modems, telephone mainframes, keyboards, mice, scanners, cables, wiring, power supplies, mainframe equipment and controllers.

Following are locations, dates and times of e-waste drop-offs:

Saturday drop-offs: March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, July 9, Aug. 6, Sept. 10, Oct. 1, Nov. 5 and Dec. 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South County Public Works Garage, 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844.

Weekday drop-offs: Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North County Public Works Facility, 411 Chimney Rock Road - north of Route 22 - Building B, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 and the South County Public Works Garage, 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844.

For more information about electronic waste recycling, contact the Somerset County Road Division at (908) 541-5021 or
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