Effective August 1, 2008, All recyclable items except corrugated cardboard may be placed in any 33 gallon container for collection as we have changed to a “Single Stream” collection. Recyclables will be separated by machines.
These items include:

  • Juice bottles & cans Glass salad oil bottles
  • Soda bottles Soda & beer cans
  • Baby food jars Pickle & olive jars
  • Vegetable cans Soup cans
  • Liquor & beer bottles Glass ketchup bottles
  • Fruit jars & cans Tuna fish cans
  • Coffee cans & jars Glass peanut butter jars
  • Pet food cans Spaghetti sauce jars
  • Milk & water jugs Detergent, bleach, fabric
  • Milk & juice cartons softener containers
  • Newspaper and associated inserts
  • Magazines, catalogs and junk mail
  • Office paper
  • Coated folding box-board including cereal, cracker, dry soap, beverage carrier and shoe boxes
  • Kraft paper, including corrugated cardboard, paper bags and sacks

Boxes need to be cut into 3’ square pieces, bundled and placed at curbside. If corrugated is contaminated with food, paint, soap, etc., put in regular garbage.
We will now also take #3 and #4 containers in addition to envelopes with windows.
Food containers and cans must be emptied and rinsed or washed out. Detergent, bleach and fabric softener bottles must be double rinsed, remove all tops, leave labels.
If pickup is missed, call the Public Works Department at 609-490-5115.

Http://Recyclingnj.com provides practical and straight-forward advice for how New Jersey citizens can reduce the amount of waste their households produce, with simple tips for waste reduction or reuse that do not require dramatic changes in lifestyle. It also gives suggestions for alternative ways for reusing some of the items residents might otherwise discard. Additionally, it provides information about additional recycling options that are not available through your local authority, but have been created by private businesses and charity groups, for the collection or redistribution of specific waste items, often at little or no expense to your constituents.

Http://earth911.com is a privately owned, for-profit company that specializes in providing consumers with accessible and actionable recycling information across the country. Its Recycling Directory is very comprehensive. It contains information for recycling over 240 different products. The Directory is free for consumers to use on the website, through the toll-free and bilingual hotline (1-800 CLEANUP) and with the free iPhone application (iRecycle). Earth911.com lists over 127,000 locations and programs that people can search in the directory to find local recycling and disposal resources. The information provided through the site’s directory, editorials and resources represents only fact-based, informational and useful content.


Hightstown is encouraging our residents to recycle their old refrigerators or freezers. Is your refrigerator an energy guzzler from the 1950’s? If so, you could win a $1,000 gift card!

To take part in the contest, owners simply sign up between July 1 through September 30 to have your fridge or freezer recycled through New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program, which provides free pick up and recycling of working fridges and freezers, plus a $50 incentive in return.

The Board of Public Utilities have contracted with a private company, Jaco Environmental, to perform this service. Refrigerators / freezers can be scheduled for pickup by dialing 877-270-3520 or via website. Go to:

http://www.njcleanenergy.com/residential/programs/refrigerator-freezer-recycling-program for details.

For a video on program details go to: http://vimeo.com/11531051