The City of New Brunswick is dedicated to eco-friendly and sustainable practices to help ensure a green and clean community. An important part of that effort is working to ensure that all members of our community observe proper recycling practices to reduce litter and help protect our environment!
Proper recycling is easy!
The City of New Brunswick practices single-stream recycling, meaning that bottles, cans, paper and small, flat cardboard can be mixed together in the same bins for collection.
Each new homeowner is entitled to two free recycling containers 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 purchase of a new home.
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.
Large cardboard must be flattened and tied with string in bundles no more than 4’ x 4’ (larger bundles not accepted). Small flat cardboard can be placed in a recycling bin.
Do not overfill bins! If needed, use additional open rigid containers less than 32 gallons and no heavier than 50 pounds to contain curbside recycling.
All recycling must be placed loose in bins and cannot be put out in bags.
Bagged recycling that is placed curbside will not be collected.
If your recycling was placed curbside properly and on time for your scheduled collection date, but was not picked up, please leave it curbside and call the New Brunswick DPW promptly at (732) 745-5104.
Use our free Recycle Coach/MyWaste app to make household recycling even easier. The app provides trash and recycling information specific to all City collection zones, a monthly calendar of collection dates and a searchable directory of items and instructions on how to properly dispose of them.
Thank you for your cooperation in helping to ensure proper trash and recycling collection habits in our City!