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Where to Recycle All Your Stuff in East Brunswick

Here is the East Brunswick guide to recycling all of your old things, from paper and glass to clothes and toys.

Need to find a new home for old computers, toys your kids have outgrown, or paint you're not going to use? Here is our guide to getting stuff out of your basement and into all the right places—that is, everywhere but the landfill. 

Clothing: Cleaning out your closet gives you the opportunity to help others in need or maybe even make some extra cash. Here are a list of places to donate, sell and recycle unwanted items from your wardrobe.

  • Goodwill, 415 Route 18, East Brunswick: Goodwill is a nationally recognized name for donations. Gently used clothing, shoes and accessories are accepted. However, children's clothing with draw strings, metal or painted appliques are not accepted, according to the Goodwill website.

Toys: As your children get older and are gifted more toys, they outgrow certain playthings that can benefit less fortunate children. Consider donating to Toys for Tots, or go to www.donationtown.org or repurposenj to find out where you can bring your old toys.

Electronics, Computers, Cellphones: Even though that old computer and last year's iPhone seem outdated, there are plenty of people who could put them to good use. For example, many women’s shelters collect working cellphones for women in domestic abuse situations so they can call 911 if needed, explains HowStuffWorks.com. Here are some other examples of local organizations where you can donate, sell or recycle your used electronics.

  • The Middlesex County Department of Solid Waste Management's "E-Cycle" program accepts electronics like phones, televisions, computers and fluorescent light bulbs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month and from noon to 4 p.m. on the third Monday of every month at Sims Recycling Solutions, located at 401 Mill Road (Heller Park Lane) in Edison.

Household Goods: Ever go through your garage and wonder why you have so many flyswatters, toasters and gardening gloves? Consider bartering them online or donating them.

  • Better World Cafe, 19 S. Second Ave., Highland Park (First Reformed Church): The Better World Cafe is another project of Elijah's Promise, and provides healthy food in a pay-what-you-can setting. As the cafe is a community kitchen, and not a full for-profit restaurant, it relies on the donations and volunteerism of the community to help keep it going, and often puts out requests for supplies to use in its kitchen. Take a look at the cafe's wish list (located on the top right side of their blog) to see if any of your old household items could have a new life at the cafe.

Paint: It's safe to dry out your leftover latex paint with kitty litter, dump it in the garbage and recycle the can. But, oil-based paints are actually considered hazardous, according to TheDailyGreen.com. Here are some ways you can safely discard the cans of paint taking up space in your garage.

  • Old paint can be brought to the East Brunswick Reclaimation Center, located at the corner of Dunhams Corner Road and Church Lane. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Paper Shredding Services: Looking for a way to get rid of old documents but don't want to risk someone seeing your private information? Here are some paper shredding services nearby.

  •  The Middlesex County Department of Solid Waste Management is scheduled to hold a series of paper shredding events in 2013 for residents to dispose of their documents. View the schedule here.

Newspapers, Magazines and Other Paper: According to environment.about.com, recycling one ton of paper can save 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space and 4,000 kilowatts of energy.

  • East Brunswick's Public Works Department provides curbside pickup of  mixed paper and cardboard products every other week. To view the pickup schedule for each of East Brunswick's 10 districts, click here.

Plastic and glass: According to Earth911.com, recycling one ton of plastic saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space. While it's pretty easy to recycle bottles in town, other plastic items can be tricky. However, many grocery stores offer recycling programs for plastic bags and product wraps. Glass is a very efficient material to recycle, because it takes much less energy and money to recycle the material than to make it from scratch, according to curiosity.discovery.com.

  •  To recycle your plastic and glass bottles and containers in East Brunswick, rinse and remove the caps and place them in a designated recycling container for curbside pickup. To view the pickup schedule for each of East Brunswick's 10 districts, click here.

What did we miss? Tell us where you're recycling, reselling and donating your gently used items.  

John Romano February 27, 2013 at 01:14 PM
....how 'bout motor oil?
Mark Portnoy February 27, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Thank you for information about toys donation, been trowing-out till now and feeling guilty
David Rosenthal February 27, 2013 at 02:39 PM
Offering for donation... a 30" Jenn-Air Gas Range/oven; matching Microwave oven; and Dishwasher. All in good working condition. shepcom@aol.com
marilyn bruce February 27, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Toys for Tots no longer accepts used toys: Until 1980, Toys for Tots accepted both new and used toys, refurbishing the used toys and donating them to grateful families. Rising concerns about the safety of distributing used toys, especially those made prior to the 1970s that may contain lead and other toxic substances, combined with an increasing demand on the Marine Corps, caused the organization to request new toys only. Toys for Tots also felt that distributing hand-me-down toys was not encouraging or morale-building and that children would benefit more from new toys. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation was founded in 1991 to support the Corps in their goals. It supplements the collections made by Marines, distributes promotional and support materials, provides a point for deductible monetary donations, works with corporations to promote toy collection, and ensures that the group is in full compliance with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) standards. Donors can drop off toys at a variety of points around the world, and they can also donate money, time, or used vehicles to the foundation. Toys can be requested by agencies, teachers, or individuals who see children in need. Marines passing out toys often attend in full dress uniform.
Jeter Levine February 27, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Where can one get a wheeled basket to take newspapers/recycling containers to the curb for recycling? Those blue baskets can get mighty heavy when filled with two weeks worth of newspapers.
Jennifer Bradshaw (Editor) February 27, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Good question. Motor oil is collected during the county-run hazardous waste drop off days in the spring. Call 732-745-4170 for dates.
Hali Marotta Figueroa February 27, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Here are some great places that I have found to recycle items. I really like these avenues for recycling as the go directly to those in need without much 'middle man' handling. Large Furniture, small furniture, working TV's & appliances, household items, - etc. ReStore resale outlets Shop a ReStore http://www.habitat.org/restores/directory/nj ReStores sell new and gently-used home improv. goods, furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. The proceeds are used by our local Habitat for Humanity affiliates to help build and renovate more homes and communities.ReStore accepts donations of home goods, furniture, appliances and building materials. ReStores provide an environmentally- and socially-responsible way to keep good, reusable materials out of landfills. Contact a local ReStore for donation drop-off/pick-up info. OR Hurricane Sandy Furniture Donations Community https://www.facebook.com/#!/HurricaneSandyFurnitureDonationsCommunity/info Clothing, small, household items - Elijah's Promise - Clothesline Project. Accepts donations M, W & F from 9 am to noon at the Clothesline location (90 Jersey Ave. - rear entrance of the PRAB Center), or anytime in metal clothing bin in the parking lot of the job training program at 211 Livingston Ave. (corner of Comestock) Towels (gently used is ok), linens, blankets, bedding: Helmetta Animal Shelter - https://sites.google.com/site/hrashelter/Donations
Hali Marotta Figueroa February 27, 2013 at 09:20 PM
Post it on this site. https://www.facebook.com/#!/HurricaneSandyFurnitureDonationsCommunity/info
Hali Marotta Figueroa February 27, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Here is a great place to recycle toys! http://www.secondchancetoys.org/
Lisa Ostrowski February 27, 2013 at 10:37 PM
You missed bottle caps. You can recycle bottles in East Brunswick, but not the caps. I usually take my caps to Highland Park when I'm passing through. They have containers on the street and they DO recycle caps. East Brunswick should provide us with a place to recycle our bottle caps too.
L Sink February 28, 2013 at 06:18 AM
I've seen them on Amazon.com.
L Sink February 28, 2013 at 06:20 AM
Thank you for providing this info.
L Sink February 28, 2013 at 06:37 AM
I also looked it up on Google and Ace Hardware.com has them also.
Jeter Levine February 28, 2013 at 10:28 AM
To those who saw the wheeled baskets at ace hardware, amazon and google, what specific terms should I search for?
L Sink March 03, 2013 at 04:28 AM
On Ace Hardware.com look up trash can cart or wheeled trash can cart. Same thing on Amazon.com
L Sink March 03, 2013 at 04:30 AM
Outdoor Trash Cans, Lids & Carts - Ace Hardware http://www.acehardware.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=2627622 Shop Outdoor Trash Cans, Lids & Carts at acehardware.com and receive free shipping to your local Ace, the Helpful Place.
L Sink March 03, 2013 at 04:32 AM
Amazon.com: Precision Products GC200 Garbage Can Caddy: Patio ... http://www.amazon.com/Precision-Products-GC200-Garbage-Caddy/dp/B000PSYQES I bought this cart to haul my trash cans and recycles down my long drive....trying to save my back for another 20 years. This cart was just the ticket! Read more ...


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