Somerset County, NJ

Melissa D. Harvey
Somerset County Solid Waste Management
P.O. Box 3000
Somerville, NJ 08876-1262
Tel: (908) 231-7109
Fax: (908) 707-1749
WWW: Click here

What is Somerset County doing to help dispose of household hazardous waste?

The Board of Chosen Freeholders, through the Division of Solid Waste Management, has provided funding for periodic household hazardous waste drop-off programs. These collection days are run at no cost to county residents.

Drop-off days and locations are announced in the local media and listed on this Web page below. There is a limit to the amount of material that can be brought. You may bring up to 80 lbs. Of dry material or 10 gallons of liquid.

During 2018, Somerset County will hold FIVE (5) Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days:

  • March 17, 2018 9am – 2pm
    Bernards Township Public Works Garage
    277 South Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge

    • Directions To Bernards Township Public Works Facility:  Take Rt. 287 North or South to Exit 30 (N. Maple/Basking Ridge). Exit and continue traveling on No. Maple Ave. for 2 miles No. Maple Ave. turns into So. Maple Ave. The Bernards Public Works Garage is on right hand side.
      – OR –
    • Take Rt. 78 East or West to Exit 33, From 78 East get off exit ramp, Turn Left at the light from 78 West get off exit ramp, Turn Right at the light, go to Fourth light turn right onto Lyons Road. Continue on Lyons Road for 2 miles, go through traffic light pass Lyons mall on left. Go under railroad tracks turn right onto Crossroad & follow to the end. At stop sign make left onto So. Maple Ave. Bernards Public Works Garage is on the Left-hand side.
  • April 21, 2018 9am – 2pm
    Warren Township Public Works Garage
    1 Bardy Road, Warren

    • Directions To The Warren Township Public Works Garage: Take Rt. 22 East or West to Warrenville Road . Take Warrenville Road (Rt. 651) North until it intersects with Mountain Blvd. Make a right on to Mountain Blvd. (Rt. 527). Follow Mountain Blvd. until it intersects with Bardy Road making a right on to Bardy Road . The Warren Township Public Works Garage is located behind the Warren Township Municipal Complex.
  • June 16, 2018 9am – 2pm
    Franklin Township Senior Community Center Parking Lot
    505 DeMott Lane, Somerset, NJ  08873

    • From Somerville, Bridgewater and Northern Somerset County:  287 South to Easton Avenue (exit 10) Take Easton Avenue towards New Brunswick After 2nd light, take right Jug Handle onto DeMott Lane In approximately 2.5 miles Franklin Township Senior Community Center will be on right hand side
    • From Millstone and Western Somerset County:  Amwell Road (Rt. 514) toward Franklin Township From Millstone, go 6 lights (including light at Millstone) Make left onto DeMott Lane Franklin Township Senior Community Center will be on your left 
  • September 22, 2018 9am – 2pm
    Branchburg Public Works Garage
    34 Kenbury Road , Branchburg

    • Directions To The Branchburg Township Public Works Garage:  Take Rt. 287 West to Rt. 202 South. Go approx. 4 miles on Route 202 South to Old York Road (make left). Go past Old York Road School and make the first left onto Kenbury Road . Look for sings for the Public Works Yard.
      – OR –
    • From Raritan, Somerville and Manville: Take Old York Road (CR 567) to Kenbury Road in Branchburg Township . Make a right hand turn and go about ½ mile. The DPW facility is on the left. Look for signs.
  • October 20, 2018 9am – 2pm
    South County Public Works Garage
    410 Roycefield Road , Hillsborough
    Directions To The South County Public Works Garage:

    • From The South – Intersection Of Rt. 514 ( Amwell Rd ) And Route 206:  Take Rt. 206 North, passing K-Mart (on your left). Continue for approximately 3.5 miles until you come to a light at the intersection of Rt 206 and Dukes Parkway West . Make a left onto Dukes Parkway West . Continue for approximately 2 miles to Roycefield Road . Make a left onto Roycefield Road . Follow Roycefield Road for approximately 1 mile. The South County Public Works Garage will be on your left. Signs will be posted.
    • From the North – Take Rt. 206 South from the Somerville Circle for approximately 4 miles. At the intersection of Rt. 206 & Dukes Parkway West, make a right. Follow Dukes Parkway West for approximately 2 miles until it intersects with Roycefield Road . Make a left onto Roycefield Road . Follow Roycefield Road for approximately 1 mile. The South County Public Works Garage will be on your left. Signs will be posted.

What Materials Will be Accepted?

All hazardous waste generated from households, along with banned or outdated pesticides. Wastes will only be accepted if they are in their original labeled containers.

The following materials may be dropped off:

  • Drain cleaners
  • Disinfectants
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Toilet cleaners
  • Oven cleaners
  • Rug & upholstery cleaners
  • Floor & furniture polish
  • Mothballs
  • Bleach cleaners
  • Pool chemicals
  • Ammonia-based cleaners
  • Abrasive cleaners of powders
  • Auto products: brake fluids, wet-cell car batteries, antifreeze, transmission fluids
  • Used motor oil: (2 gallon maximum will only be accepted in a clear plastic milk or waterjug) (Also accepting used oil
  • ilters)
  • Oil-based paint*
  • Fluorescent tubes & Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
  • Mercury switches
  • Propane Tanks
  • *Latex or water-based paints may be air-dried or diluted with water, and the cans may then be thrown in the regular trash.

Please do not bring

  • Unknowns or unidentified material
  • Explosives
  • Gas cylinders
  • Infectious waste
  • 2, 4, 5-TP (Silvex)
  • Dioxins
  • PCB’s
  • Pentachlorophenol

Who Can participate?

Only Somerset County homeowners and farmers. Hazardous waste from commercial enterprises and businesses will not be accepted.

How should hazardous wastes be handled?

Hazardous wastes must be handled in ways that prevent them from reaching dangerous concentrations in the environment. The following are some suggestions to reduce the amount of hazardous waste:

  • Read the label before you buy a product to make sure it will do what you want.
  • Do not buy more than you need, to prevent having to dispose of surpluses.

Explosives or Highly Reactive Materials may be dangerous. If you have these types of materials, call first for safety instructions. DO NOT bring these materials without prior authorization! These dangerous items include, but are not limited to, picric acid, isopropyl ether, calcium carbide, perchloric acid and benzoyl peroxide.

Somerset County Consumer Electronics Program

Residents can recycle electronics free of charge on designated Saturdays and weekdays.  Following is a listing of days, locations and times for 2018:

  • Saturday drop-offs: In 2018: Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 14, (due to Fourth of July holiday), Aug. 4, Sept. 8 (due to the Labor Date holiday), Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1 from 8a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South County Public Works Garage, located at 410 Roycefield Rd., 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

I.D. to confirm Somerset County residency is required.

NO businesses allowed.

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.

NO batteries are accepted. Household batteries (AA, AAA, D, C and 9 volt) may be disposed in the regular trash. Lithium  and rechargeable batteries can be brought to scheduled Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop-off events.

For more information, contact the Somerset County Road Division by email or phone at 908-541-5021.

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