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
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:
DigitalTips: Donate Your Old Electronics
NJ Guide to Purchasing Recycled Items:
ANJR: Buy Recycled Guide Search