Trash and Recycling Info

Residential Recycling & Trash Collection Information
Recycling is mandatory in the State of New Jersey and at no time are you permitted to place recyclables in the trash.

The recycling containers provided by the Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA) are for the specified recyclable material indicated only. If trash is placed in your recycling container it will not be collected.

  • Collection of recyclable material will take place between 6:00am and 6:00pm. Recyclable material should be placed curbside after 5:00pm the night before or by 6:00am on the morning of the scheduled collection day. Bags CAN’T be used as recycling containers and will be tagged and remain uncollected.
  • Household trash must be placed curbside after 5:00pm on the evening before the scheduled collection day. Up to three trash containers will be accepted. Trash placed in plastic disposal bags, not less than 3 mils thick and securely tied, will also be accepted. 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 745-5104 to arrange for the collection of bulk items or additional solid waste material. The Middlesex County landfill is closed on the holidays listed on the collection schedule.  No garbage will be collected on the holidays as shown.

2014 Collection Schedule

2014 Collection Schedule Spanish

2014 Urban Cleanup Week Information (English)

2014 Urban Cleanup Week Information (Spanish)

How to Get Curbside Recycling Containers

  • Each new homeowner is entitled to 1 round 20-gallon recycling container for bottles & cans and 1 rectangular 14-gallon recycling container for mixed paper for free 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 1 year of purchasing the new home.
  • Residents and businesses must pay for additional containers.
  • Residents and businesses must pay for new bins if old bins are lost or stolen.
  • All containers are sold at the cost incurred and set by the Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA).
  • The 20-gallon round bottle & can container currently costs $10.05.
  • The 14-gallon rectangular mixed paper container currently costs $9.99.
  • the City is tax exempt; therefore no tax will be charged.
  • Only cash and checks will be accepted.  Make checks payable to The City of New Brunswick. A receipt will be provided.
  • 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. 
  • The City/County recycling containers are for the specified recyclable materials only.  If trash is placed in your recycling container it will not be collected.
  • Other open rigid containers up to 32 gallons and no heavier than 50lbs will be accepted for collection of bottles & cans.
  • Containers can be obtained during normal office hours Monday – Friday at the Department of Public Works at 400 Jersey Avenue New Brunswick, NJ 08901.  Please come in between 9am & 3pm excluding holidays.
  • Please call 732-745-5059 if you have any questions.

Brush Recycling

Brush (e.g. branches & woody plants no greater than 5 inches in diameter), will be collected BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
Brush must be tied with string in bundles not to exceed 50 lbs. or 6 ft. in length. Place small items like twigs (no more than 1 ft in length) in open rigid containers without lids.
Please call 745-5059 to schedule an appointment.

Leaf Composting
New Brunswick will collect leaves curbside for composting in April, May, November and December. Leaf compost may be available to residents in the spring. For more information, call the New Brunswick Division of Recycling at 745-5059.

*Residents may pick up 20 free bags per property and purchase any additional bags for $3.25 for bundles of 10.

Christmas Tree Recycling
Christmas trees will be collected curbside for composting in January. Residents are requested to place bare Christmas trees curbside on Tuesday nights for collection every Wednesday in January.

Tire Recycling
Tires MUST be recycled! Middlesex County residents can bring tires to four County Tire Recycling Centers located in East Brunswick, Metuchen, Plainsboro and Woodbridge.
Call the Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management at 745-4170.

Household Hazardous Waste
Household Hazardous Waste items should be disposed of at a Middlesex County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day.
Call the Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management at 745-4170 for more information.

Waste Oil Recycling
Used Motor oil MUST be recycled! Up to 30 quarts of used motor oil will be accepted per year per resident at the Department of Public Works Central Garage at 400 Jersey Avenue, Mon. through Fri. 8am to 3pm. Call the New Brunswick Division of Recycling at 745-5059 for more information.

Appliances & Scrap Metal Recycling
New Brunswick Dept of Public Works will collect appliances (white goods such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, etc) and scrap metal curbside BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. NO CAR PARTS ACCEPTED. Call the New Brunswick Division of Recycling at 745-5059 to schedule an appointment. Fees may apply.

Middlesex County Residential Paint Recycling Program
Middlesex County residents can bring paint and paint-related products to Dunellen, East Brunswick, Helmetta, Middlesex, New Brunswick, Old Bridge, South Brunswick, South Plainfield, and Woodbridge for proper disposal. For more information or directions, call the Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management at 745-4170.
County Recycling Guide

Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management Link

Stop. Think. Go Green. Keep New Brunswick Clean!
In an effort to reduce litter the City of New Brunswick has implemented a litter reduction educational program, Stop. Think. Go Green. Keep New Brunswick Clean! The litter reduction educational program is in addition to the placement of additional city litter receptacles, continued mechanical street sweeping, improved hand sweeping, continued Clean Communities volunteer cleanups.