Township of Monroe

Curbside Recycling Guidelines

Recycling Guidelines

  • NEW YARD WASTE ORDINANCE: Yard waste must be placed in a brown biodegradable bag which may be obtained from the Department of Public Works. Sweeping, raking, blowing or otherwise placing uncontainerized yard waste at the curb or along the street is prohibited.

  • Brown recycling bags can be picked up at the Monroe Recycling Drop-Off Center Monday - Friday, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., and Saturday, between 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

  • GLASS/PLASTIC/ALUMINUM/TIN (Co-mingled) : Glass - Remove the lid from jar/bottle and place in the regular trash then rinse off the bottles/jars (e.g., juice, soda, beer and liquor bottles and mayonnaise and spaghetti sauce jars) and place in recycling bucket.

  • Metal - Tin steel, aluminum and bimetal (e.g., soda, beer, canned pet food, soup and tuna cans. Rinse the the can and crush them to maximize capacity. We take the lids. too.

  • Plastic - #1 PETE and #2 HDPE containers (e.g. milk and juice jugs, water bottles and laundry detergent, shampoo and soda bottles). Check bottom of the container to make sure the plastic is either #1 PETE or #2 HDPE. Remove and place caps in the trash and then rinse and crush containers for recycling.

  • NEWSPAPER : Clean newsprint and newspaper inserts only. Tie the newsprint with sturdy string or cord in bundles no higher than 12 inches. Place the bundles at the curb next to your recycling bins. Place shredded paper in paper bags or blue rectangular recycling bin

    Junk mail and mixed paper must be separated from your newspapers because these materials are sent to different processors to be recycled.

  • MIXED PAPER : All other paper goes into the square mixed paper container. Examples: computer paper, magazines, junk mail, cereal and other food boxes, greeting cards, gift boxes, super market bags, wrapping paper, phone books, office paper, file folders, hard and soft cover books. Do not include Christmas wrapping papers with your mixed paper.

MONROE'S RECYCLING DROP-OFF CENTER, Department of Public Works, located at 76 Gravel Hill-Spotswood Road, accepts newspapers tied in bundles, mixed paper, cardboard, glass bottles, aluminum/steel/tin cans, #1 PETE and #2 HDPE plastic containers, motor oil, antifreeze, auto batteries, scrap metal and broken or outdated consumer electronic items . The hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. It is closed Sundays and holidays. Proof of residency is required.

Only new residents can pickup a set of recycling containers from the Public Works/ Recycling Center. Wednesdays after 12:30 is a good time to pickup the containers.


Residents needing a replacement container can purchase the recycling buckets from the DPW/Recycling Center. Please call for pricing.

Contact Info

Superintendent of Public Works
Wayne Horbatt, CPWM

76 Gravel Hill Spotswood Rd.
Monroe Twp., NJ 08831


Phone: (732) 656-4575






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The Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management hosts programs through out the year to dispose of the above items. Please call (732) 745-4170 or email or visit for information.


Wayne Horbatt

Phone: (732) 656-4575

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