Recycling Other Materials

Hopewell Valley Green Team’s 2021 recycling flyer is available here (click to open).

In September, 2019, the Mercer County Planning Department issued “Beyond The Bucket: A resource guide for recycling uncommon objects”; it was updated in September 2020. You may download it here (click to open) or by visiting the Mercer County website.

For other materials not listed below, consult http://search.earth911.com/

Batteries – alkaline, rechargeable and sealed lead acid

Regular household alkaline batteries may be placed in your trash due to the fact that mercury levels have been significantly reduced and fall within DEP standards.

Rechargeable batteries should be recycled. You can take them to The Home Depot, Lowe’s and other retail stores like West Trenton Hardware (TrueValue affiliate) or Niece Lumber (Ace Hardware affiliate).

Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) batteries, such as the back-up battery in a Verizon FiOS control box, should also be recycled. They are accepted at The Home Depot.

More information at https://www.call2recycle.org/locator

NJ Department of Environmental Protection publishes a helpful guide about batteries: click here to open (PDF).

Batteries – button cell

Most button cell batteries found in watches, digital scales, etc., still contain mercury and should be taken to a hazardous waste disposal event (see MCIA collections under Events), or brought to a Hopewell Valley Green Team collection day at the Pennington Farmers Market (last Saturday of the month June through October; see Events).

Bikes

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County Bike Exchange is a volunteer-led enterprise that repairs donated bicycles and sells them at modest prices at its Ewing location at Capitol Plaza, raising funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County and promoting biking for transportation and pleasure among low-income families. Proceeds from the Bike Exchange sponsor the Club’s after-school programs. https://www.bgcmercer.org/bgc-bike-exchange
Pedals for Progress rescues bicycles destined for overburdened U.S. landfills and ship them to developing countries where they are sorely needed and highly valued. https://www.p4p.org Note: Pedals for Progress also collects sewing machines.

Books

Mercer County Library Hopewell Branch (call 609-737-2610 for updates about what is accepted)
BetterWorldBooks Drop-off boxes, https://services.betterworldbooks.com/individuals
Hamilton Marketplace, NJ State Hwy 130 & Klockner Rd., Hamilton, NJ 08691
Hamilton Plaza, White Horse Ave. & Kuser Rd., Hamilton, NJ 08610

Brita Products

All Brita filters, pitchers, dispensers, bottles, faucet systems, and packaging can be recycled. Find out more at https://www.brita.com/recycling-filters and review an illustration of what is accepted. Bring them to a Hopewell Valley Green Team collection day at the Pennington Farmers Market (last Saturday of the month June through October; see Events).

Building materials

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are home improvement stores that accept small and large donations of new or gently used furniture, appliances, housewares, building materials and more. Proceeds from the sales of these items help Habitat’s work in your community and around the world. https://habitat.org/restores/donate-goods

Cars (including Trucks, Motorcycles, SUVs, RVs) or Boats

Wheels For Wishes benefitting Make-A-Wish New Jersey: https://newjersey.wheelsforwishes.org
Vehicles For Veterans: https://www.vehiclesforveterans.org

Cell Phones

Check with your local phone companies and electronics stores — use your ZIP code to find locations at https://search.earth911.com

CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lighting) Bulbs

Take to The Home Depot or MCIA Household Hazardous Waste Collection (see Events)

Christmas Lights

Broken and old Christmas Lights can be shipped to HolidayLEDs.com for recycling. In return, the company will send you a coupon for a discount off the purchase of new lights.

Clothes Hangers

Dry cleaners may take metal hangers back for reuse. Clothing stores can reuse hangers that are left at the store.

Clothing, Other Textiles and Shoes

Drop off at consignment stores, charities (check websites), and local collection boxes. Hopewell Valley Regional School District organizes a year-round textile drive in partnership with Wearable Collections. Details here.
The North Face offers a donation program for used apparel and footwear (any condition, any brand), Clothes The Loop in partnership with Soles4Souls. The closest North Face retail store to Hopewell is on Route 38 in Cherry Hill.
Eileen Fisher has a buy-back program for used clothing (only their label), Renew.

Contact Lenses and Empty Blister Packs

Drop off or mail https://www.biotrueonedaylenses.com/one-by-one-recycling. A related article about not flushing your contacts: https://earth911.com/living-well-being/recycle-your-contact-lenses

Crayons

Mail in program http://crazycrayons.com/recycle-program

Electronics

Regular MCIA and Hopewell Township collections (see Events)
Best Buy: check listings at https://www.bestbuy.com/site/services/recycling

Eyeglasses

All types of used eyeglasses and sunglasses, prescription and non-prescription, for children and adults are accepted by the New Jersey Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center. See http://www.njlerc.org/donations. A local collection box (“yellow mail bin”) can be found at Pennington Quality Market, 25 Route 31 South, Pennington; at the Hopewell Township Library; and, in Hopewell Borough outside Michael’s Deli & Bakery on East Broad Street.

Fire Extinguishers

Recharging or recycling: http://fyrfyter.net/services/fire-extinguishers/

Fluorescent Light Bulbs (Tubular)

Take to a MCIA Household Hazardous Waste Collection (see Events). The Home Depot does not accept tube bulbs.

Food Scraps

Compost in your backyard. Find out more from Master Gardeners of Mercer County here.
Alternatively, set up an indoor worm composting bin. Find out more at https://www.epa.gov/recycle/how-create-and-maintain-indoor-worm-composting-bin

Furniture

HomeFront https://www.homefrontnj.org/donate-food-furniture-and-clothing
Habitat for Humanity ReStore https://habitat.org/restores/donate-goods

Leaves and Brush

See the website of your Public Works Department.

Mattresses and Box Springs

Dispose of your used mattress and/or box spring in an eco-friendly way: https://cjpgroup.net

Medical Equipment

Used medical equipment, such as canes, bath chairs, walkers, wheelchairs, ramps, and tray tables can be donated to Goodwill Home Medical Equipment in Bellmawr (or at any Goodwill Store or Donation Center in the NJ & Philadelphia Region). For lists of acceptable and not acceptable items see: https://www.goodwillhomemedical.org/equipment-donation.

Medications

Please review disposal information available at https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/meddrop.
There is a 24/7 drop-off box at the Hopewell Township Police Department, 201 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd, Titusville, NJ 08560. Phone: (609) 737-3100. Note: empty, clean plastic prescription medicine containers and caps can be recycled (see #5 Plastics below).

#5 Plastics: Rigid Containers and Caps Stamped with a ♷ Symbol

This program has been halted as of November 2020. We are looking for an alternative.

Through Preserve’s Gimme 5 Program you can recycle your #5 plastics – a kind that Mercer County doesn’t recycle. Preserve transforms yogurt cups, take-out containers & other stuff into toothbrushes, cutting boards, and lots of other products for your bathroom, table and kitchen. You can drop off your #5 plastics at any Whole Foods store, or mail it to:
Preserve Gimme 5, 823 NYS Rte 13, Cortland, NY 13045

For more information, visit: https://www.preserve.eco/pages/gimme5-overview

  • Be sure to look at the bottom of the containers you plan to recycle since some yogurt containers are actually #6 plastic.
  • Most prescription medicine containers and plastic flower pots are also #5.

Plastic Bags and Film Packaging

Clean, dry plastic bags free of food and organic residues are accepted by many retailers. Trex participating locations (in NJ: ACME, The Home Depot, Kohl’s, McCaffrey’s Food Markets, Stop & Shop, Wegmans, Weis Markets, Whole Foods) accept a wide range of plastic bags and wrap, including bread bags, bubble wrap, case wrap, dry cleaning bags, grocery bags, ice bags, newspaper sleeves, plastic wrap around many products (e.g., around paper towels, napkins, etc.), produce bags, and zip-lock bags. Peel or cut off paper labels before dropping off your bags/film. https://www.trex.com/recycling/recycling-programs/

Refrigerators & Freezers

As of July 1, 2021 the Clean Energy Program run by the state of New Jersey ceased management of appliance recycling and bulk recycling. Instead, your local gas and electric utility company is now responsible for their own initiatives. In Hopewell Valley, both PSE&G and JCP&L currently replicate the program previously run by NJ that offers a $50 incentive per refrigerator or freezer (must be 10 to 30 cubic feet and in working order). A working room air conditioner and/or dehumidifier ($25 incentive each) can be picked up along with a fridge or freezer.

  • Learn more about PSE&G’s appliance recycling program here.
  • Learn more about JCP&L’s appliance recycling program here.

Hopewell Township residents can pay a fee to have appliances containing freon (including refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers and air conditioning units) picked up from their curb. Monthly dates and more information can be found here.

Sewing Machines

Pedals for Progress collects sewing machines (as well as bikes) https://www.p4p.org

Shoes

See Clothing, Other Textiles and Shoes above. Additionally, athletic shoes (without cleats) of any brand and in any condition can be dropped off at a Nike Factory Store for their Reuse-A-Shoe program. The closest store is at the Jackson Premium Outlets.

Styrofoam Coolers and Shipping Blocks

Bring to a collection organized by the Hopewell Valley Green Team (see Events).
Styrofoam coolers and blocks can also be dropped off at Princeton Moulding, 76 Fourth Street, Somerville NJ. Call ahead to make sure they will be open: 908-291-1180. This facility will also accept Styrofoam food containers if they are very clean and separate from other Styrofoam.

Styrofoam Packing Peanuts

Drop off at Popcorn Packers Postal and Shipping Center, 25 Route 31 South, Pennington https://www.popcornpackers.com/ and UPS Stores https://www.theupsstore.com

Tires

Drop off at Mavis Discount Tire, Pennington. Residents of Hopewell Township can pay a fee to have tires picked up from their curb on May 7 & November 5, 2021 (see information here).

Tennis Balls

ReBounces mail-in program: https://rebounces.com/about-us/recycle-tennis-balls

Toys & Games

Many brands of toys can be recycled through the Hasbro Toy Recycling program (a partnership with TerraCycle): https://csr.hasbro.com/en-us/toy-recycling.
Plastic toys can be taken to Second Chance Toys which donates toys to organizations that care for children in need: https://www.secondchancetoys.org/initiative. The closest drop off site in Central NJ is in Belle Mead; check the website for dates and hours.
Donate your LEGO bricks via Give Back Box‘s LEGO Replay: http://www.givebackbox.com/lego/. See also https://www.fox13news.com/news/lego-starts-recycling-program-for-unwanted-bricks.

Video Games and Gadgets

Take to Best Buy https://www.bestbuy.com/site/services/recycling

Vintage or Antique Architectural Items

Architectural Salvage: https://www.recyclingthepast.com 381 North Main Street, Barnegat, NJ 08005. Call: 609-660-9790

Wine Corks

Take to Whole Foods or bring to a collection organized by the Hopewell Valley Green Team (see Events).

X-Rays (Film Type)

The silver from x-rays can be recovered: https://www.xrayfilmsdisposal.com

Yard Waste

Compost in your backyard (see Food Scraps above) and/or use municipal pick-up programs (for Hopewell and Pennington Boroughs).