Recycling Events

STYROFOAM COLLECTION (packaging blocks, sheets and coolers)

Our most recent collection event was held on September 12, 2020. One hundred households brought Styrofoam and other items for us to divert from the landfill and reuse/recycle.

This was our trailer after just one hour of collection
Green Team at the end of three hours: a full trailer (plus more!)

In case you miss the event and have a large amount of Styrofoam, you might want to contact our drop-off partner Princeton Moulding (see below). If someone is already planning a trip to Somerville, or if neighbors would like to combine their loads, perhaps they would like to deliver their styrofoam on their own.

Princeton Moulding Group, 76 Fourth Street, Somerville NJ, 08876 Google Map
‭(908) 291-1180‬ Call first to make sure they are open (their hours can be sporadic)

PENNINGTON FARMERS MARKET COLLECTION

  • #5 PLASTIC CONTAINERS (please clean them out!)
  • BRITA WATER FILTERS
  • DENTAL CARE PRODUCTS (toothpaste tubes with cap, toothbrushes, floss containers, etc.)
  • STICK DEODORANT CONTAINERS
  • WINE BOTTLE CORKS (not plastic)
  • CDs and DVDs (Note: please remove discs from jewel cases, which are recyclable but please take out any paper inserts)
  • BUTTON CELL BATTERIES (from hearing aids, calculators, etc.)
  • NEW: ALKALINE BATTERIES (non-rechargeable, spent alkaline batteries used in portable electronic devices. Note: please tape the ends of the batteries to prevent current transfer; no corroded or leaking batteries accepted)
  • NEW: PENS, PENCILS and MARKERS (any brand of pens, pen caps, mechanical and wooden pencils, highlighters, markers, marker caps, permanent markers, and permanent marker caps)
  • NEW: ATHLETIC BALLS (any brand and size of sports ball including tennis balls, baseballs, softballs, wiffleballs, basketballs, golf balls, dodge balls, racquetballs, soccer balls, footballs, ping-pong balls, and foam balls. Note: please deflate large balls, if possible.)
  • NEW: SHAVING RAZORS (any brand of blades and razors including systems and disposable units, replaceable-blade cartridge units, rigid plastic packaging, and flexible plastic bag packaging)
  • NEW: NEWSPAPERS – we will donate them to the Mercer County Wildlife Center

Last Saturday of the month during the summer (9 am – 1 pm) organized by the Hopewell Valley Green Team. Bring everything to our tents at Pennington Farmers Market held at Rosedale Mills, 101 Route 31 North, Pennington. For personal safety and practicing social distancing we now ask that you sort and deposit your items into the different collection boxes provided.

Clean #5 plastics will be taken to Whole Foods on behalf of Preserve. Wine bottle corks will be shipped to a cork tile manufacturer in Missouri. We thank Sustainable Jersey for a generous grant to fund our new collection boxes.

PLASTIC BAGS, ETC: TREX RECYCLING CHALLENGE

SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. 
Through April, 2020: Mercer County Parks asks residents to participate in a Trex Recycling Challenge. Plastic household bags and wrap, including cereal box liners and bubble wrap, will be collected at two locations:
⇒  Tulpehaking Nature Center at 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton, NJ 08610 (open Fridays and Saturdays 10 am to 4 pm, and Sundays noon to 4 pm) Google map
⇒  The Historic Hunt House at 197 Blackwell Rd, Pennington, NJ 08534 (open Mondays through Fridays 8:30 am to 4:30 pm) Google map
The goal is to save over 500 pounds of plastic material from the landfill, thereby earning the county a bench made of composite materials by Trex. See more info on the flyers here (MCP) and here (Trex).

DOCUMENT SHREDDING

October 17, 2020, 9 am – 12 pm, organized by the Mercer County Improvement Authority at Lot 4 / 651 South Broad Street, Trenton, across from the Mercer County Administration Building. Learn more

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING & PAPER SHREDDING

Hopewell Township residents ONLY: Saturday October 3, 2020, 9 am – 1 pm at the Hopewell Township Public Works building (203 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville). Learn more

ELECTRONICS & HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION

June 6 EVENT IS CANCELLED

Two days in September: Friday 9/18 from 12 – 5 pm & Saturday 9/19 8 am – 2 pm, organized by the Mercer County Improvement Authority at Dempster Fire School (350 Lawrence Station Rd, Lawrence). Learn more

TEXTILES

Year-round, organized by the Hopewell Valley Regional School District. Collected items include:

  • clothing (including hats, gloves, scarves, shoes, belts)
  • sheets, pillows, blankets, linens, and towels
  • curtains
  • scrap fabric
  • stuffed toys

Materials can be old and worn but should be clean and dry (old stains not a problem). Materials are sorted by Wearable Collections. 95% of the materials will be reused or recycled. Wearable Collections pays by the pound and proceeds benefit the PTOs of all schools in the district. All six Hopewell Valley Schools have collection bins on outside locations open to the public. Learn more

In January 2020, The Washington Post published an article about the industry of recycled clothing with quotes from the CEO of Wearable Collections, Adam Baruchowitz. Read it here: whats-in-your-landfill-lots-of-textiles


PRIOR EVENTS ORGANIZED BY THE GREEN TEAM:

STUFF THE TRUCKS!

Saturday September 7, 2019, 12 noon – 3 pm, organized by the Hopewell Valley Green Team. Click here to see flyer about the event.
→ Green Team truck collecting Styrofoam, wine corks and CDs/DVDs;
→ Paper Shredding truck;
→ Habitat for Humanity ReStore truck collecting household goods and construction materials. Click for a decision flowchart to help determine if your material is acceptable. Learn about the ReStore.
All three at the same location in Pennington: Toll Gate Grammar School, 275 South Main Street.
This event was co-sponsored by the Pennington & Hopewell Township Environmental Commissions and the Hopewell Valley Green Team. All Hopewell Valley residents and businesses welcome! Sign up for an e-notice by sending a request to hvgreenteam@gmail.com