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Curbside Collected Recycling Materials

The following items are picked up at the curb via regularly scheduled curbside collection programs

Single stream recycling
  • Newspaper
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Mixed Paper (magazines, books, phone books, food boxes, etc.)
  • Co-mingle (glass, aluminum, tin, steel and #1 and #2 plastic containers)

*Paper products are recyclable if they are free of any contaminated or food waste.

**Due to a change in the recycling markets, the Borough will no longer accept plastic #3 through #7 with the curbside single stream recycling.  Our vendor will no longer accept these materials.  These items are to be disposed on in your regular household garbage collection.

Scrap metal/appliances (air conditioners, refrigerators, shelving, metal furniture, washing machines, dryers, bed frames, tv antennas, dehumidifiers, etc.)


Frank Troy
Recycling Coordinator

444 Valentine St.
Highland Park, NJ  08904

Ph:(732) 514-1277
Fx:(732) 247-4844

Drop-off Recycling Programs

The following items are collected via a drop off program only, free of charge.  All of these items MUST be brought to the DPW  garage, located at 444 Valentine Street, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.  There are no curbside collection programs for these materials and any resident caught illegally dumping items at the DPW yard, during non-business hours will be subject to illegal dumping penalties.


The Department of Public Works is no longer accepting electronics with the regular garbage collection.  The following items are required to be recycled under the New Jersey Electronic Waste Management Act:
  • Computers
  • Computer monitors
  • Fax machines/scanners
  • Laptops
  • Printers
  • TVs

 Unacceptable Items (Electric items)

The following items are not accepted as part of the recycling program and will be collected with the bulk trash collection
  • Audio speakers
  • DVD/VCR Players
  • Gaming systems
  • Microwave ovens
  • Modems
  • Power tools
  • Radios
  • Smoke/Radon detectors
  • Stereo components
  • Toaster ovens
  • Toasters
  • Vacuums
  • Video equipment

Fluorescent Light Bulbs

The DPW accepts unbroken fluorescent light bulb for recycling.  This includes compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), 2 ft., 4 ft. and 6 ft. tubes and U-shaped bulbs.  If the bulb is broken, it can be disposed with your regular household garbage.

Fixtures and ballasts are not accepted.  Ballasts may be disposed of at a Middlesex County Household Hazardous Waste collection day.  Check the county web site for a schedule of dates and locations.

Scrap Wire

The DPW accepts all forms of electrical wiring: extension cords, power cords, charging cords, spools of unused wire, computer cables, tv cables, etc.

Cell Phones and Rechargeable Batteries

The DPW accepts cell phones, rechargeable and button cell batteries.

**Alkaline batteries fall below Federal and State hazardous waste standards and can be disposed of in your regular household garbage collection.

Corrugated Cardboard

The DPW accepts corrugated cardboard at the DPW garage.  All cardboard material may be placed in the dumpster located in the yard, immediately inside the gate, along the fence.  Cardboard must be free of any wood or packaging material.


221 S. Fifth Avenue
Highland Park, NJ 08904
Ph: (732) 572-3400