Hopewell Valley Green Team’s 2020 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/
Cars (including Trucks, Motorcycles, SUVs, RVs) or Boats
Check with your local phone companies and electronics stores — use your zip code to find locations at: www.search.earth911.com.
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.
Dry cleaners may take metal hangers back for reuse. Clothing stores can reuse hangers that are left at the store.
Clothing and Other Textiles
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.
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 (http://www.njlerc.org/). 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.
Regular alkaline batteries may be placed in your normal trash due to the fact that mercury levels have been significantly reduced and fall within DEP standards. (However, most button cell batteries found in watches, digital scales, etc., still contain mercury and should be taken to a hazardous waste disposal event or brought to a Hopewell Valley Green Team collection day at the Pennington Farmers Market.)
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). More information at https://www.call2recycle.org/locator/.
NJ Department of Environmental Protection publishes a helpful guide about batteries: click here to open (PDF).
Take your used or expired ink and toner cartridges to Staples or Best Buy.
Used medical equipment, such as canes, bath chairs, walkers, wheelchairs, ramps, and tray tables can be donated to Goodwill Home Medical in Lawrenceville or at any Goodwill Store in the NJ & Philadelphia Region. For lists of acceptable and not acceptable items click: https://www.goodwillhomemedical.org/equipment-donation.
Please review disposal information available at https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/meddrop.
Also, 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.
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. http://www.trex.com/recycling/recycling-programs/.
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 plastic flower pots are also #5.
Refrigerators & Freezers
New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program runs a Refrigerator/Freezer Recycling Program which offers a $50 incentive per appliance. A room air conditioner and/or dehumidifier can be picked up along with a fridge or freezer. You’ll be glad to know that approximately 95% of each appliance is recycled! (Learn more)
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.
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.
X-Rays (Film Type)
The silver from x-rays can be recovered: https://www.xrayfilmsdisposal.com