As of August, 2018, Somerset County Recycling Division is BEGINNING to gradually roll out a new Curbside Recycling practice and equipment, which will be completely implemented County-wide within the next four years. Every household will be receiving two new 65 gallon recycling “totes”. They have wheels to easily move around and have color-coded lids that are permanently attached. The first section of Montgomery received its totes in late August and first use will be the Friday, August 31, 2018 pick-up. The first and only current section impacted is Southwestern Montgomery households (see map). No other sections of Montgomery are subject to the upgrade at this time. When your totes are dropped off you will also receive a letter, similar to the one linked below, from Somerset County Recycling Division with detailed instructions.
Montgomery Township does not have further information on what order or when other sections of Montgomery will be receiving totes, but within a few years, ALL households will be receiving the totes. You are advised to wait to receive your totes and letter.
The equipment that will collect these totes will employ a state-of the-art truck that not only services customers quickly, but also addresses the safety and health concerns of employees. The new technology eliminates the need to physically lift and dump the totes, reducing many injuries, particularly to the back and shoulder areas. These totes are supplied by Somerset County for the collection of RECYCLING ONLY.
Here are links to the details on what goes in which of the two totes and what to do with your old buckets, once you receive your two totes:
Map of Tote Area 5 (Southwestern Montgomery) – Starting August 31, 2018