Trash & Recycling
Residential Recycling & Trash Collection Information
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. In observance of the holidays listed, the Middlesex County Landfill will be closed. Therefore, no garbage will be collected on the following dates:
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.
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.
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.
Material That Must Be Recycled
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, employment of sanitary inspectors that are working on litter issues, continued mechanical street sweeping, improved hand sweeping, continued Clean Communities volunteer cleanups.
The New Brunswick Environmental Commission will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, at 7pm, New Brunswick Library, 60 Livingston Ave. Members of the public who are concerned about litter are invited to attend. Residents will be able to sign up at the meeting to become a block captain in the Clean City program.
The New Brunswick Environmental Commission will coordinate the resident Clean City block captain volunteer mini clean up program. Anyone interested in becoming a clean city block captain please contact the Environmental Commission: NBEC@cityofnewbrunswick.org or fill out the application below and mail it to:
The City of New Brunswick
Division of Clean Communities
400 Jersey Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901