Recycling in South Plainfield provides information for local residents on drop-off and curbside pickup, including yard waste, textiles, motor oil, paint, tires, electronics and more. See also Middlesex County Recycling. PLEASE NOTE: Middlesex County is now strictly enforcing local recycing rules [NEW!]. The South Plainfield Public Library accepts empty ink and toner cartridges from computer printers or copiers. Our Where to Donate Goods page offers information on local, regional, and national organizations that can make good use of your used goods!
Recycling NJ and Earth 911 and Recycle Nation have lots of useful information on WHAT can & cannot be recycled (including The Great Pizza Box Recycling Mystery!), and on WHERE to recycle what. See also 21 Things You Didn’t Know You Can Recycle (Green America). The Recycling Materials Index is an alphabetical list of product recycling information (N.J. Department of Environmental Protection). Close the loop by buying products with recycled content! See NJ Recycled Products Resources and Recycling NJ: Buy Recycled. For basic advice to help you figure out whether a product or package is recyclable, see The Language of Recycling.
Reduce, Reuse, Recyle [NEW!] explains how and why you can save money, energy, and natural resources by reducing, reusing, and recycling (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). Reducing Waste [UPDATED LINK!] is a collection of fact sheets on reducing waste and related topics: ‘When you avoid making garbage in the first place, you don’t have to worry about disposing of waste or recycling it later.’ Some info is specific to Minnesota (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency). Source Reduction provides advice and links on reducing yard waste, junk mail, disposables, holiday waste, and more (N.J. Department of Environmental Protection).
E-Cycling Central & related links gives you additional info about where and how to recycle electronic products.
LampRecycle.org tells you where you can recycle Compact Flourescent Light bulbs (CFLs), which require special care because they contain MERCURY. See also Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) which includes info on how to handle broken bulbs safely (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).
Proper Disposal of Medicines links explain where and how to get rid of old medications safely.
For additional practical and educational resources on recycling, see The Scout Report recycling links [NEW!].
Links updated April 2019.