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Recycling Center Hours
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


  • Place items out the night before they are scheduled to be picked up.
  • Place all items curbside in full view, avoiding parked cars.
  • Check your schedule for all HOLIDAYS!
  • Remember that different trucks collect different items.
  • Please avoid calling about missed items until 1:00 p.m. In most instances, the problem can be rectified promptly.
  • You may also take some items to the Jersey Ave. Recycling Center.

When will it be collected:

Recycling Calendars for April, May and June 2015

GrassCycling - Cut it and Leave it!
Visit Middlesex County Improvement Authority (Recycling) for more information

Minimizing Waste Disposal - Grass Clippings Article

Storm Water Guide

Map showing collection quadrants

Q: How do I know which schedule to follow?
A: The part of Metuchen in which you are located.
The map above shows the four regions of Metuchen created by using Main Street and the Pennsylvania Rail Road as dividers. 

What can be collected?

The following items can be picked up at the curb when left out properly.  

Garbage & Bulk • Newspaper • Mixed Paper & Corrugated Cardboard • Aluminum Cans • Steel & Tin Cans • Plastic (1-5) • Glass Bottles • Metal • Yard Waste (Leaves, Brush & Tree Parts) • X-mas Trees.

Electronics - ITEMS ACCEPTED: Computers including: Monitors, Scanners, CPU’s, Modems, Printers, Cables, Keyboards and Televisions Only! All the above items are to be taken down to the Recycling Center. 

Mixed News - Newspaper including any inserts (glossy or newsprint).       Magazines, junk mail, cereal boxes, shoeboxes, office paper, telephone books, brown grocery bags, gift-wrapping & corrugated boxes are all acceptable mixed paper & corrugated recyclables. The pages of any book may also be collected, provided that hard covers are removed and placed out for trash.

Aluminum Cans and Foil - Soda, Beer & Juice Cans. Pie plates & Recycling saves everyone money and improves the environment.Foil Scrap

Steel and Tin Cans - Soup, Pet food, empty aerosol cans and similarly constructed containers.

Glass - Only glass containers that contained food or drink.

Ceramics, porcelain, mirrors, glass windowpanes, etc. ARE NOT RECYCLABLE. 

Plastic - Only plastics with a 1 - 5 in the recycling symbol on the bottom are recyclable. Residents may mix Aluminum, Glass, Tin and Plastic Cans, mixed paper and cardboard all together in the Blue Automated Recycling Container on their scheduled day for (Single Stream Recycling).

Plastic grocery bags are not recyclable. Discarded plastic garbage containers will be taken as bulk trash. Please indicate with a note.

Metal - An appointment is ALWAYS needed to collect metal items.  Call by 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday for pick-up 732-632-8519.

Metal appliances, cast iron sink or tub, lawn furniture, stove, washer, dryer, window frames (glass removed for regular garbage collection--not recyclable), door frames, sofa bed frameworks (separated from sofa), pipes and any other item or items existing of a metal component can only be picked up when you call.

Grass - WHEN POSSIBLE CUT IT AND LEAVE IT! Weeds, tomato & flower plants, and small hedge clippings – Place in garbage cans or biodegradable bags. Maximum 50 lbs. per container or bag. NO YARD WASTE WILL BE COLLECTED IN PLASTIC BAGS!

Leaves - Collected in paper biodegradable bags only. Do not place leaves in street or out in plastic bags or garbage cans.

Brush and Tree Parts -Branches, twigs, shrubs and heavy vines. 4-inch diameter or smaller, bundled in 4ft. lengths, tied or in containers. WHEN COLLECTED CURB SIDE, UNLIMITED IF TIED IN BUNDLES 50 LBS. AND UNDER.

Brush and tree parts will no longer be accepted at the recycling center at any time. All brush and tree parts will be picked up curbside only. Please remember to follow proper cutting and tying necessary for pick-up.

Christmas Trees - X-mas trees will not be collected in plastic bags! If you have an artificial X-mas tree to be picked up you would need to call for a bulk trash pick up.


Borough Hall - 500 Main Street • Metuchen, NJ 08840 • 732-632-8540
Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 4:00PM
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