Free Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off in Basking Ridge, March 20

Posted on March 17, 2021

Residents Can Safely Dispose of Harmful Items

Somerset County’s recycling division is sponsoring a Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off event so residents can safely dispose of harmful items. The event will be held on Saturday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Bernards Township Public Works Garage, located at 277 South Maple Ave., Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.

“I encourage residents to take advantage of this free event,” said Somerset County Commissioner Melonie Marano, recycling liaison. “This is an opportunity to safely rid your home of toxic items containing chemicals that can impact your family’s health and the community as a whole.”

Social Distancing Guidelines

Residents must wear masks and stay in their vehicles with the windows rolled up. Materials should be stored in residents’ trunks, cargo areas or truck beds, where items must be accessible to the staff so they can easily remove items from the vehicle.  

Proof of Residency

Residents must be prepared to show a current driver’s license, valid lease, tax bill or any other bill with a Somerset County address. Pre-registration is not required. Businesses or commercial vehicles are not allowed.

Household Hazardous Waste Accepted at the Drop-Off Event

Banned or outdated pesticides, antifreeze, transmission fluid, brake fluid, wet-cell car batteries, motor oil (five-gallon maximum), fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent light bulbs, ammonia-based cleaners, gasoline, kerosene, mercury switches, oil-based paints, pool chemicals, propane tanks and rechargeable and button-cell batteries.

DO NOT drop off tires, or electronics (computers and televisions), infectious waste, gas cylinders, or smoke detectors. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers will NOT be accepted.

For more information about the types and quantities of materials that will be accepted at the event, contact Somerset County Solid Waste Management at 908-231-7109, email or visit

For more information about recycling electronics, contact Somerset County Solid Waste Management at 908-231-7109, email or visit

A complete listing of recyclable items, recycling drop-off events (First Saturday of the Month, Household Hazardous Waste, RX, E-waste and Tire) is available at .

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