Recycle LogoReduce Trash: According to the EPA waste per person in the U.S. has increased since 1960 from 2.7 pounds per person per day to 4.5 pounds in 2008.

Reuse items: Purchase paper goods from recycled sources or try cloth napkins instead of paper, use re-usable grocery bags, use rechargeable batteries and reusable water bottles. Empty jars can be used as household containers.

If you use plastic grocery bags, recycle them — there are bins at the local supermarkets. Recycling grocery bags cuts down on petroleum use and helps the environment.

Somerset County curbside recycling now accepts the cardboard from cereal and pasta boxes, in addition to cans, bottles, plastics, newspapers, and household paper.

For clear details on local curbside recycling: Somerset County, NJ Recycling

Somerset County no longer collects batteries for recycling. Alkaline batteries are now allowed in the trash. To recycle rechargeable batteries check out participating retailers, such as: Radio Shack, Best Buy, Staples, Target, Office Max, Lowes, Home Depot, Sears, Wal-Mart and Verizon Wireless.

For further information recycling batteries, visit Call2Recycle US 

Warren Hazardous Waste Collection Day  is April 18, 2020 in Warren Township Public Works Garage, 1 Bardy Rd., Warren, NJ 07059

Rather throwing away unwanted items, donate them to a local thrift store, work with a consignment shop or use these sites to keep your unwanted things out of landfills:

General Items:
The Freecycle Network – about the Somerset County Group
Sell on eBay. The World’s Online Marketplace

DigitalTips: Donate Your Old Electronics

BookMooch: trade your books with other people Selling Used Books Online: The Complete Guide to Bookselling at Amazon’s Marketplace and Other Online Sites 

NJ Guide to Purchasing Recycled Items:
ANJR: Buy Recycled Guide Search