Departments & Services
Computer monitors, computers/laptops, keyboards, computer mice,
modems, external drives, scanners, printers, copy machines, cables,
other computer peripherals, VCRs, DVD players, stereos, radios,
phones, fax machines, camcorders, electric typewriters, and most
media (floppies, CDs, DVDs), telephones, cell phones, and similar
Bernards Township Residents
Pill Hill Landfill
In an effort to make it more convenient for Bernards Township residents,
we now provide a local drop-off for electronic waste. These items will be
recycled through an approved facility. This is not only good for the environment;
it also reduces the Townships disposal fees. This service is free of charge
to all Bernards Township residents.
Note: Your card shall not be punched for disposal of the items listed above.
Somerset County Residents
Somerset County Recycling Center
Residents can dispose of used electronics for free on 'First Saturday of
the Month' drop-off days. This program is held once a month from
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Somerset County Recycling Center, located
at 40 Polhemus Lane in Bridgewater. As part of the program, the
Recycling Center accepts VCRs, TVs, typewriters, radios, stereo equipment,
modems, fax machines, cell phones and used computer electronics such as
computers, CPUs, monitors, CRTs and printers. Other acceptable items include
CDs, DVDs, computer disks, diskettes, videotapes and cassette tapes. For
more information or to view the drop-off schedule, visit http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle.html.
Many consumer electronics contain heavy metals and materials that
are considered hazardous, such as computer monitors and televisions. Items
such as VCRs, stereos and computer components (CPUs, keyboards, printers,
modems) can contain lead in the circuit boards, as well as other heavy metals
like nickel, cadmium and mercury.
Last year, county residents and public and private schools recycled
about 850,768 pounds, or 425.38 tons, of used electronic waste by participating
in solid waste management programs sponsored by the Somerset County Board
of Chosen Freeholders.
For more information, contact the Somerset County Division of Solid
Waste Management at SolidWaste@co.somerset.nj.us or (908) 231-7681.
Staples, Inc. offers an electronic recycling program. Residents
can bring used electronics to any Staples location. There is
a fee of $10 for each large item to cover handling, transport,
product disassembly and recycling. Smaller computer peripherals,
such as keyboards and mice, will be recycled for free. Staples
Easy Tech service is available in all stores to transfer data
from an old computer to a new one for a fee. For more information,
contact your local Staples store or visit http://www.staples.com.
Reconnect is a free computer recycling program for consumers throughout
New Jersey that is managed by Dell, Goodwill Industries of Greater
New York and Northern New Jersey and Goodwill Industries of Southern
New Jersey/Quaker City Goodwill. Consumers can drop off computer
equipment at any of the 20 Goodwill locations in New Jersey.
Goodwill will sort the donated computer equipment, which will
be recycled through Dell's Asset Recovery Services. Customers
are responsible for removing data from their hard drives. Goodwill
locations in the Somerset County area include 126 Route 22 West,
Springfield; 415 Route 18, East Brunswick; and 1628 North Olden Ave. in
Ewing. For more information, or to find other drop-off locations, consumers
can visit http://www.reconnectpartnership.com.
All proceeds from the resale value of donations go to Goodwill to support
job training and employment services programs.
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Approved Facilities
Many of you may not be aware that certain consumer electronics
and fluorescent bulbs contain heavy metals, mercury and others materials
that are considered hazardous. These items must be properly disposed of
according to Hazardous Waste or Universal Waste regulations.
Newtech Recycling, Inc.
111 Chimney Rock Road
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Computers & Bulbs
45 Executive Drive
Edison, NJ 08817
2591 Mitchell Ave.
Veolia Env. Services
1453 Pinewood Street
Rahway, NJ 07065
(800) 478- 6055
The NJDEP maintains a complete list of approved facilities. Contact
NJDEP at 609-984-6650 or visit their website at www.state.nj.us/dep/dshw/lrm/uwrcompu.htm
for names of additional approved facilities. Please call ahead for a list
of acceptable and unacceptable items as well as pricing.
Somerset County has adopted amendments to the solid waste
management plan that will require commercial, retail, wholesale, restaurants,
taverns, schools, institutions, warehouses, construction sites, factories,
and offices buildings to recycle Mercury Containing Devices and Used Consumer
Electronics. These mandates were approved by NJDEP and became effective
May 23, 2007.