County residents can drop off household hazardous wastes

The Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management is hosting a Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day on Sept. 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Woodbridge Township Department of Public Works, 225 Smith St., Keasbey section of Woodbridge.

Household hazardous wastes that are improperly disposed are potentially dangerous to children and animals, a potential cause of groundwater and other pollution, and a potential threat to garbage collection crews.

Acceptable materials include but are not limited to pesticides/herbicides, flammable liquids, solvents, pool chemicals, used motor oil, oil filters, paints, rechargeable and button cell batteries, antifreeze, propane tanks, fluorescent light bulbs (no broken bulbs) and asbestos. Residents wishing to bring asbestos must preregister by calling ahead, and can bring up to a maximum of 500 pounds.

Materials not accepted at the drop-off day are tires, electronics, explosives/munitions, infectious/medical waste, household medications, appliances/furniture, unknown materials and empty containers. Residents with tires and electronics can contact the Division of Solid Waste Management for information regarding separate tire and electronics recycling programs. Alkaline batteries — AAA, AA, C, D and 9-volt that have the word “Alkaline” imprinted on them — can be thrown out in the normal trash.

The drop-off day is sponsored by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and conducted in cooperation with the Township of Woodbridge. The event is open to residents of Middlesex County and is free of charge. Items should be brought in clearly marked containers.

For further information, contact the Division of Solid Waste Management by calling 732-745-4170 or by emailing solidwaste@, or visit