Winter Curbside Recycling Tips

Winter 2010 -- To the Residents of Cranbury, Dunellen, Helmetta, Jamesburg, Middlesex, Milltown, Monroe, New Brunswick, Old Bridge, Piscataway, Plainsboro, Sayreville, South Amboy, South Plainfield, South River, and Spotswood:

When severe winter weather hits Central New Jersey, please keep in mind that you can check the Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA) web site to learn if your recycling collection will or will not take place. You can also call the MCIA recycling hotline at 800-488 MCIA (6242) for collection information.

If your recycling collection is cancelled for the day, please remember that the collection will then take place on the next Saturday.

To avoid missed pick-ups when placing your recycling at the curb during snow and ice conditions, please be sure that the collection containers are clearly visible and easily accessible.

On windy days, be sure your rectangular paper container is securely lidded and that any additional bags of paper are secure as well. For your round commingled container, it helps to place the lighter plastics and cans at the bottom of the container with the heavier glass at the top. In this way, you can avoid cans and plastics from blowing onto the street.

And most importantly, be sure your recycling is placed at the curb by 6 AM. At times, severe weather conditions dictate route changes, and your recyclables may be picked up at a different time on your scheduled collection day.

“A great deal of Middlesex County’s recycling success can be attributed to the cooperation and active participation of you, our residents. Thank you for helping us achieve our goals.”

Richard Pucci
Executive Director, MCIA