Free Mobile App Now Available to Residents
‘Recycle Coach’ Connects Users to Local Recycling Information
Somerset County has launched Recycle Coach, a free mobile app that is now available to residents. The app is designed to make recycling and solid waste information easily accessible as well as promote the “go green” goal of reducing, reusing and recycling within the community.
“Our county is excited to join the Recycle Coach network,” said Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher. “This new app changes the way we communicate information about waste and recycling, and makes it convenient for our residents to stay up-to-date on any changes to their recycling schedule.
“Residents can access Recycle Coach from their desktop computers, mobile devices, or through digital assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home,” he said. “By leveraging the power of technology, the platform makes it easier for residents to get disposal information about thousands of household items anytime they need it – and the best part is, it’s free.”
The app provides personalized collection schedules based on a person’s place of residence. After a resident downloads the Recycle Coach app, their mobile calendar will list Somerset County’s recycling events along with local curbside and recycling schedules, and schedule changes due to holidays or inclement weather.
Users of the app can improve their recycling rates by simply programming recycling reminders using the What Goes Where search tool.
The state Department of Environmental Protection has made New Jersey the first state to purchase the Recycle Coach app and make it available to all New Jersey residents free of charge.
Download the free Recycle Coach app through Google Play, the Apple Store, or access the app at www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle-coach.
For more information about recycling in Somerset County, visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle.
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Mandatory recycling is required for aluminum cans, glass, newspapers, magazines, cardboard, tin cans, bi-metal cans, household batteries, plastic bottles and textiles. Refer to the Somerset County issued recycling schedule and pamphlet for additional information or call 732-469-3363.
Newspapers and cardboard (cut in 2 foot squares) MUST BE TIED AND BUNDLED.
Chipboard - boxes from cereal, crackers, etc. should be tied with the corrugated cardboard for pick-up.
Magazines and junk mail must be placed in brown paper grocery bags.
Aluminum cans, bi-metal and tin cans (cleaned, flattened with labels removed), glass and plastic bottles #1-7, diaper wipes containers, plastic margarine and butter tubs, clam shell plastic (from salad bar), yogurt and peanut butter containers, placed in the blue recycling buckets (or any open container) provided by the Somerset County Recycling Program. 732-469-3363.
Household Batteries - New procedure: Alkaline batteries may be thrown in the trash.
Rechargeable Batteries Must be Recycled. They can be dropped off at local retailers such as Radio Shack, Target, Staples, Office Max, Lowes, Home Depot, Sears, Walmart and Verizon Wireless. You may also recycle rechargeable batteries on the first Saturday of the month at the Somerset County Recycling Center in Bridgewater. Call 732-469-3363 for information and directions.
Textiles - The County no longer collects any textile products.
Christmas Trees - The Somerset County Park Commission will accept Christmas trees from December 26th through the month of January. Drop off is at North Branch Park, Parking Lot A, in Bridgewater or Colonial Park, Parking Lot F, in Somerset. Please call 732-873-2459 ext. 21, with any further questions.
Hazardous Waste - Household hazardous waste drop-off days are scheduled by the Somerset County Recycling center. Call the County at 908-231-7031 to find out when the next Hazardous Household Waste Collection day is scheduled. Hazardous waste should not be poured down the drain, on the ground, in storm or sewer drains or disposed of in regular garbage. Proper disposal is required.
Some examples of Hazardous waste are: oil-based paint, bleach cleaners, oven cleaners, pool chemicals, rug and upholstery cleaners, mothballs, ammonia-based cleaners, drain cleaners, disinfectants, floor and furniture polish, abrasive cleaners or powders, used auto motor oil, car batteries, antifreeze, transmission and brake fluids and auto/truck tires.
If you have any questions call: Borough Recycling Coordinator at (908) 234-2250 x 100
Purchase special biodegradable leaf bags from the Office of the Borough Clerk.
Recycling for Businesses
Recycling is the law, and in Peapack & Gladstone it is very easy to comply. The instructions are as follows:
Businesses need to recycle by taking recyclables to the Public Works Dept. on Railroad Avenue. There are 2 large containers for cardboard and 1 container for glass and plastic bottles, aluminum cans.
Businesses are responsible for the separation and proper disposal of mandatory recyclable materials, such as newspapers, magazines, chipboard, glass and aluminum containers, corrugated cardboard, steel and tin cans, plastic bottles, mixed paper, motor oil, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, tires, electronic and yard waste.
After dropping your recycling off at the Public Works Dept. it is then picked up by Somerset County. There is no curbside pick up for businesses.
Electronics Recycling for Somerset County Residents
When: Monday thru Friday - 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. - 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
Saturday - Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 14 (due to the Independence Day holiday), Aug. 4, Sept. 8 (due to the Labor Day holiday), Oct. 6, Nov. 3, and Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South County Public Works Garage, 410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough 08844.
The following materials are accepted: 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.
Batteries are not accepted: Residents can recycle household hazardous waste and lithium and rechargeable batteries at any of the five scheduled Household Hazardous Waste drop-off events held at different locations around the county. AA, AAA, D, C and 9 volt batteries can be disposed in the regular trash.
For more information about recycling electronics, contact the Somerset County Road Division at (908) 541-5021, email email@example.com or visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/e-waste.
Contact Information: Diana Vigilante - 908-231-7681
Melissa Harvey - 908-231-7109