Departments & Services

Electronics

horizontal ruleIncludes:
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 products.

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.

Other Resources

Staples


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.

Goodwill Industries


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.

Computers


Newtech Recycling, Inc.
111 Chimney Rock Road
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(732) 469-9774
www.newtechrecycling.com

Computers & Bulbs


Hesstech, LLC
45 Executive Drive
Edison, NJ 08817
(800) 958-1404
www.hesstech.com

AERC
2591 Mitchell Ave.
610-797-7608
Allentown, PA
www.arecrecycling.com

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.
NOTE: 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.