In 2018, Dunellen residents will have curbside recycling pickups every other Wednesday by the Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA). All curbside recyclable items, such as bottles, cans, paper and small flat cardboard can be mixed together in a single recycling container as they are kept separate from trash.
- Paper that is acceptable for collection includes: Newspaper, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, brown paper bags, nonmetallic wrapping paper, office records, computer paper, file folders, receipts, telephone books, softcover books, hardcover books, greeting cards, paperboard (such as non-waxcoated food and cereal boxes), pizza boxes, tissue boxes, shoe boxes and gift boxes.
- Metal that is acceptable for collection includes: Tin, steel, aluminum and bimetal cans (such as soda, beer, canned pet food, soup and tuna cans).
- Glass that is acceptable for collection includes: Glass bottles and jars of all colors (such as juice, soda, beer and liquor bottles, mayonnaise and spaghetti sauce jars).
- Plastic that is acceptable for collection includes: #1 PETE and #2 HDPE containers (such as milk and juice jugs, water bottles, laundry detergent, shampoo and soda bottles).
Dunellen residents may also dump additional recycling materials at the Dunellen Recycling Yard (235 Hall Street). These include curbside recyclables, white goods/appliances, scrap metal, auto motor oil, hardcover books and rigid plastics. Also accepted are leaves and grass (bagged in paper bags or loose) and brush. Tires are not accepted. The yard’s hours of operation are 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday. It is closed on Sundays and holidays.
Leaves are collected weekly, October to December and April to May. Leaves must be bagged in the paper leaf bags, which were provided by the Borough, and then placed curbside. You may either pick up extra leaf bags at the recycling center during open hours or Wednesday evenings at the Library from October 1 to November 19 (limit: 20 bags per resident). Tree limbs will be collected only during the months of March, April, and September.
Paint may be dropped off at the Recycling Yard only on the second Saturday each month, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. Metal/ white goods/ appliances including refrigerators and air conditioners are collected curbside by appointment only on the third Wednesday of the month. Call (732) 968-5455 to arrange for a pick-up.
The New Reuse-It Book, a guide to area locations where Middlesex County residents can freecycle or donate their unwanted goods for reuse, is available on the MCIA website. For a copy of the guide or additional information regarding the Middlesex County recycling program, check http://www.mciauth.com/. The MCIA has made this most recent edition available online at www.mciauth.com for anyone who would like electronic access to the most up-to-date information.
Did your recycling not get picked up?
To determine the cause of a service interruption, please note whether:
- It’s your day or week and/or your recycling was put out by the curb no later than 6 a.m.
- Your entire street’s recycling has been affected
- A container no larger than 32 gallon has been used
- Any unapproved items are mixed in with your recycling
- Your recycling was placed in plastic bags, which are not permitted
If you still have a concern, comment or question regarding your recycling pick-up, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, making sure to leave a name, address and telephone number in the body of the message.
2018 CURBSIDE COLLECTION SCHEDULE
January 10, 24
February 7, 21
March 7, 21
April 4, 18
May 2, 16, 30
June 13, 27
July 11, 25
August 8, 22
September 5, 19
October 3, 17, 31
November 14, 28
December 12, 26
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