Alice Tempel - Coordinator
Recycling Hot Line (908) 226-7620
The Presidential holidays in February will not affect the Recycling Program.
Middlesex County Improvement Authority
MIDDLESEX COUNTY ANNOUNCES NEW ENFORCEMENT POLICY
Paul Matacera, Recycling Director in the Middlesex County Improvement Authority, announced in October 2018 that the County recycling program can no longer accept plastic bags. Recyclables must be loose in the recycling bin. Bagged recyclables will be left at the curb.
This is not a program change. Our Guide to Recycling brochures have always stated that plastic bags are not allowed. However, the companies that have picked up our recyclables have not enforced this. They were able to deliver their loads to sorting facilities that accepted them, because they in turn were able to sell baled recyclables overseas, even with significant amounts of trash mixed in.
Due to changes in world geopolitcal and economic conditions, it is no long possible to market recyclables that include prohibited materials like plastic bags. '
NOTE: as of January 2020, pizza boxes are no longer accepted for recycling. Please discard these in the trash.
We urge residents to review the list of acceptable materials below and to include only these in the blue bins.
For Detailed Information About our Recycling Program, Scroll Past "Recycle Coach."
SOUTH PLAINFIELD RECYCLING PROGRAM
The Mary B. Mazepa South Plainfield Recycling Drop-off Center is on Kenneth Avenue just past the soccer field. It is open 12 noon to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
The South Plainfield Yard Waste Site, at the end of Kenneth Avenue, is on LEAF SEASON hours, open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. except Tuesdays 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. A current Yard Waste decal must be mounted on the vehicle for access. Decals are available from the Municipal Clerk in Borough Hall or from the Road Department at 405 Spicer Ave. Bring the registration of the vehicle you will be using.
Curbside recyclables collection is done every other week. See the links to the collection calendar and the collection districts below or click on "My Schedule" in the RecycleCoach box above.
For updates, call the Recycling Hotline: (908) 226-7620.
Middlesex County and Borough ordinances mandate that the following items must be recycled by residents and businesses instead of being sent to the landfill:
Mandatory for Businesses only:
Businesses are responsible for separating and marketing their own recyclables. The Recycling Center is open to Borough businesses but has limited capacity. For more information, call the Recycling Coordinator (908-226-7621).
South Plainfield's curbside recycling program is "single-stream." Our recyclables go to a sorting facility. Therefore, we do not need to keep our bottles and cans separate from our paper. You can mix all of your recyclables together. If you wish, you can keep paper separated from bottles and cans, but they will be collected together in one truck. Do not set recyclables at the curb in plastic bags. Materials must be collected loose for sorting. PLEASE PUT ONLY THE RECYCLABLES LISTED BELOW IN YOUR BIN. ITEMS THAT ARE NOT ON THE LIST WILL NOT BE RECYCLED.
Put the following recyclable items at the curb for pickup every other week:
If you plan to use the Borough's Recycling Drop-Off Center on Kenneth Avenue, you should continue to separate your recyclables because we have one box there for cardboard, newspapers and mixed paper, and a different box for commingled bottles and cans. The Drop-Off Center takes only SIC code #1 and #2 plastic bottles (e.g.... soda bottles, milk jugs, laundry detergent bottles) in the commingled mix, no other kinds of plastic or food packaging.
*SIC Code: the number in the triangle on the bottom of a plastic container that tells what kind of plastic resin the item is made of. We previously were accepting all numbers from 1-7, but due to changing market conditions, we can now accept only #1 and #2 plastic bottles (no food trays, cups, tubs, etc.)
Put your recyclables at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on your collection day. You can set them out the night before after 7:00 p.m. If your recyclables are not collected when scheduled, call the MCIA Recycling Manager (1-800-488-6242) as soon as you know you have been missed, but within 24 hours. If you call after office hours, leave a message on the answering machine. Note that we can send the driver back if he missed you, but not if you missed putting your bins out on time. If you register with RecycleCoach, you can have reminders sent to you by text or email.
Recycling Collection Holidays
SOUTH PLAINFIELD MARY B. MAZEPA DROP-OFF CENTER
South Plainfield’s Recycling Drop-Off Center is located near the end of Kenneth Avenue, just past the soccer field. Hours of operation are Tuesdays, 12 noon-7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Most recyclables that are collected curbside – newspaper, mixed paper, cardboard (flattened), glass bottles, aluminum/steel/ tin cans, plastic containers #1 and #2 – are accepted. Note that recyclables must be kept separated at the Recycling Center Drop-Off Center. We collect Bottles and Cans separately from Corrugated Cardboard, Mixed Office Paper and Newspaper.
For residents only, NO businesses: Used clothes, used motor oil (up to 5 gallons), used cooking oil, household rechargeable batteries, left-over paint (3rd Saturday of every month only), appliances, computers, monitors, printers/fax machines, TVs and scrap metal are also accepted. Not accepted: propane tanks, non-recyclable items or any hazardous waste.
YARD WASTE SITE
The Yard Waste Site located at the end of Kenneth Avenue past the Recycling Center, is open to residents. A yard waste decal must be mounted on the driver's side rear window. Decals are available at the Municipal Clerk's Office Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and from the Department of Pubic Works, 7:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Only residents' vehicles with general registration plates are allowed on the site; NO commercial vehicles.
Hours of Operation:
SUMMER (March 16 – October 17
LEAF SEASON (October 19 – December 19)
WINTER (December 21 – March 15)
Leaves: collected at the curb from late-October to mid-December. Leaves must be placed in biodegradable paper bags for curbside collection. Leaves may be brought to the Yard Waste Site. Do not leave plastic bags in the leaf pile. Call 908-755-2187 for further information.
Brush: twigs, branches up to 4 inches in diameter and shrubs must be recycled. Bring brush tied or loose. Do not leave plastic bags in the pile.
Grass clippings: may be brought to the Grass Box Spot next to the Trash Compactor. Bring grass loose or in bags and empty into the grass container. Do not leave plastic bags in the grass box.
We urge you to use Cut-It and Leave-It lawn care instead of bagging. It saves time and money, improves your turf and reduces the negative environmental impacts of lawn care. Contact the Recycling Coordinator at 908-226-7621 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Note: each kind of yard waste material must be kept separate. Ask attendant for assistance and instructions about where to put materials.
Note: This site is permitted to accept brush, leaves and grass clippings only. Do not leave trash such as plastic debris, flower pots, or lumber in any of the piles. Do not include other kinds of vegetative waste. Weeds, garden plants, sod, straw, fruit, seeds and nuts should be composted at home or set out as garbage.
South Plainfield's Recycling Complex is closed Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and on all Borough Holidays.
Used Textiles: (mandatory recyclable)
Motor Oil: (mandatory recyclable)
Used Cooking Oil
Be careful when handling refrigerators and air conditioners. Do not damage coils or allow the coolant to escape into the air. CFC's erodes the stratospheric ozone layer, allowing dangerous UV radiation to reach the Earth's surface. It is against Federal Law to vent CFC into the air, it must be recycled.
Fluorescent Lights,Computers, Monitors, Printers/Faxes, Televisions, Wood Scrap, Plastic Film:
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs:
Rechargeable Batteries and Cell Phones:
Note: Due to State Department of Transportation regulations, put a piece of electrical or clear packing tape over each terminal or put each battery in a separate plastic bag.
Do not bring alkaline batteries. These no longer contain mercury and can be discarded with your regular household trash.
Masonry/Paving Materials: The Borough does not accept concrete, brick, or block. Call the Municipal Recycling Coordinator 908-226-7621 for information on how to recycle.
The Borough Trash Compactor on Kenneth Avenue takes bulky waste such as carpet, furniture and lumber for disposal in the landfill. To register your vehicle for admission, see the Municipal Clerk at Borough Hall (908-226-7605) or the Public Works Department at 405 Spicer Avenue (908-755-2187).
Call the Public Works Department at 908-755-2187 for information about the Compactor schedule, or to make an appointment for a curbside bulky waste pickup.
MIDDLESEX COUNTY PROGRAMS
For information about the following programs, go to the Middlesex County website and click on the "Residents" tab; then select "Recycling Programs." www.co.middlesex.nj.us
Middlesex County Paint Drop Program (South Plainfield Recycling Center)
3rd Saturday of every month 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m, Middlesex County Residents only (Proof of Residency Required)
Keep oil-based paint separate from latex paint. We also take thinners, stains and varnishes. You can discard empty, dry cans in your trash.
Household Hazardous Waste:
The last HHW collection in 2019 was held November 17 at the Middlesex County College. The next HHW collection will be in March, at the Middlesex County College in Edison.
Household Hazardous Waste schedule in 2020:
Sun. March 15 – Middlesex County College, Edison
Sat. May 16 – Middlesex County Road Dept, Apple Orchard Lane, North Brunswick
Sun. June 14 – Old Bridge Public Works
Sat. Aug. 29 – Woodbridge Public Works
Sat. Oct. 17 - Middlesex County Vo-Tech, Piscataway
Sun. Nov. 15 - Middlesex County College, Edison
Middlesex County Tire Recycling Program (Woodbridge Department of Public Works)
The Woodbridge Township DPW is located 225 Smith Street, Keasbey 08832 (under the Garden State Parkway and Route 9 bridges. Open Monday - Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
The County also has tire trailers sited in East Brunswick, Sayreville and Plainsboro. Call 732-745-4170 for hours and directions.
Backyard Compost Bins
Compost bins are available at subsidized prices through Middlesex County. Call 732-745-4170 for information. Also check the Midddlesex County website for announcements of workshops on how to compost in your own backyard. You can see examples of composting bins at South Plainfield's Highland Woods Nature Center, at 115 Sylvania Place.
Middlesex County runs a Paper Shredding Program to allow residents to recycle confidential paper. The next event in South Plainfield will be on September 26, 2020. Contact the Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management for events in other towns during 2019 and 2020 (732-745-4170 or email@example.com) , or visit the County's website. Or, see the events posted on your RecycleCoach calendar.
Reduce Reuse Recycle
Even better than recycling, proper solid waste management includes reducing the amount of waste you produce and reusing what you can instead of throwing it away. South Plainfield’s Recycling Office frequently gets inquiries from residents who need to dispose of items that are in good condition. “It’s a perfectly good refrigerator; it’s a shame to just junk it.” “Do you know anybody who would want a collection of text books on electrical engineering?” “My aunt passed away and she has all these cosmetics, mostly not even opened. I hate to just throw them out.”
The Recycling Office has a copy of The New Reuse it Book, Middlesex County's Donation Recycling Directory. The booklet is a compilation of charitable organizations, consignment shops, nursing homes, animal shelters and others seeking used, usable goods. An index lists the items, from Appliances to Typewriters, and cross-references the establishments seeking them. The latest edition is available online at www.mciauth.com.
Other County Programs: Middlesex County Recycling and Solid Waste Guide
Borough of South Plainfield