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Recycling Other Materials

Hopewell Valley Green Team’s 2024 recycling flyer is available here (click to open).

An array of old and new electronics are accepted by Recycling Services at Staples stores including computers, monitors, printers (and ink/toner cartridges), fax machines, shredders, phones, CD/DVD/Blu-ray discs & players, gaming consoles & controllers, stereo receivers, and much more. Also collected are single-use alkaline and lithium batteries, as well as various rechargeable batteries. Writing instruments (pens, markers, mechanical pencils and crayons) and a few small kitchen items (coffee brewers, SodaStream CO2 cylinders) are accepted, too. NOT accepted are: air conditioners, appliances, floor-model printers or copiers, lamps or bulbs, large servers, large speakers, medical devices, records or record players, smoke detectors, televisions, or vaporizers. Staples also offers a mail-in tech recycling program.

In September 2019 the Mercer County Planning Department issued “Beyond The Bucket: A resource guide for recycling uncommon objects”; it was updated in September 2022. You may download it here (click to open) or by visiting the Mercer County website.

Steven Rinaldi of NJDEP’s Bureau of Sustainability has published a list of Reuse Organizations and Opportunities as a Google Document here.

For other materials not listed below, consult

Additional recycling help is available from Recycle Coach:


Donate your reusable shopping bags to a community food pantry or soup kitchen. See:

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. However, if trashing them doesn’t agree with you, the Recycling Services at Staples accepts single-use batteries.

Rechargeable batteries should be recycled. You can take them to Staples, 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 and Staples.

✻ You can also buy a recycling kit for nearly all types of batteries at

More information at

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).


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.
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. Note: Pedals for Progress also collects sewing machines.


Bryn Mawr-Wellesley Book Sale accepts books on Wednesday and Saturdays 10 AM to 12 noon at their site, 812 State Route 206, Princeton.
Mercer County Library Hopewell Branch (call 609-737-2610 for updates about what is accepted) Drop-off boxes, (books must have ISBN barcodes)
• Stony Brook Elementary School, 20 Stephenson Rd, Pennington, NJ 08534
• Princeton Elks Lodge 2129, 354 Georgetown-Franklin Turnpike (Rt 518), Skillman, NJ 08558
BetterWorldBooks Drop-off boxes,
• 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 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.

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

Wheels For Wishes benefitting Make-A-Wish New Jersey:
Vehicles For Veterans:

Cell Phones

Check with your local phone companies and electronics stores — use your ZIP code to find locations at or 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). Cell phones can be dropped off at Staples.

CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lighting) Bulbs

Take to The Home Depot, Lowe’s or MCIA Household Hazardous Waste Collection (see Events)

Christmas Lights

Broken and old Christmas Lights can be shipped to for recycling. In return, the company will send you a coupon for a discount off the purchase of new lights. Lowe’s also accepts these.

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 CHS organizes a year-round textile collection in partnership with Law Enforcement Against Drugs (L.E.A.D) and Turnkey Enterprises. Donations support the L.E.A.D. curriculum in HVRSD schools. A used clothing donation bin is located in Solar Lot at the high school. The following items are acceptable: clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, drapes, pillow cases and stuffed animals. Not acceptable: rags, pillows, scraps of fabric, toys or other household items.
Rescue Mission of Trenton has many collection bins (see map here) for gently used clothing. One is located at Rosedale Mills on Rt 31 N in Pennington; another is at Buxton’s Boxes on Lower Ferry Road in Ewing.
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.
DSW at the Mercer Mall (and their other locations) provides a shoe drop-off box for Soles4Soles.
Eileen Fisher has a buy-back program for used clothing (only their label), Renew.
Smartwool has partnered with Material Return to “collect and deconstruct hard-to-recycle socks and turn them into new goods” via their Second Cut Project.

Contact Lenses and Empty Blister Packs

Drop off or mail A related article about not flushing your contacts:


Take to Staples or use a mail-in program


Regular MCIA and Hopewell Township collections (see Events)
Best Buy: check list at
Staples: check list at


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 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:

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


Goodwill has a convenient donation center on Route 31 in Pennington
HomeFront will accept better quality furniture for their Treasure Trove store on West Broad Street in Hopewell Borough (pre-approval needed – write to
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Princeton Elks Club Thrift Shop will accept furniture without upholstery at their location on Route 518 in Blawenburg

Greeting Cards

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children accepts new and the front cover of used greeting cards (except from Hallmark, American Greetings and Disney) through a mail-in program

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:

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:


Please review disposal information available at
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).


Scrap metals (ferrous and non-ferrous) can be sold to Sims on Calhoun Street Avenue in Ewing.

#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:

  • 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, Kohl’s, Ocean State Job Lot, Stop & Shop, Sprouts Farmers Market, Wegmans, Weis Markets, Whole Foods) accept a wide range of plastic bags and wrap, including:

  • bread bags
  • bubble wrap
  • case wrap
  • cereal box liners
  • dry cleaning bags
  • grocery bags
  • ice bags
  • newspaper sleeves
  • plastic wrap around many products (e.g., around paper towels, napkins, etc.)
  • plastic shipping envelopes
  • produce bags
  • salt bags
  • wood pellet bags
  • zip locking bags

Plastics must be clean, dry and free of food and organic residue. It is not necessary to peel or cut off paper labels before dropping off your bags/film. Acceptable types of this plastic film can stretch – it isn’t “crunchy.”

The Hopewell Valley Central High School is participating in the Trex Recycling Challenge. From November 2023 through April 2024, plastic film will be collected in the special bin located in the CHS main foyer.

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)


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.

Snack & Energy Bar Wrappers

Wrappers are collected in a TerraCycle Box (sponsored by Subaru) at the REI store in the Mercer Mall.

Styrofoam Coolers and Shipping Blocks

White Styrofoam coolers and packaging blocks can be dropped off at:

Styrofoam Packing Peanuts

Drop off at Popcorn Packers Postal and Shipping Center, 1 Cherry Street, Suite 2 (in Village Square Shopping Center), Lambertville NJ and UPS Stores


Drop off at Mavis Discount Tire, Pennington. Residents of Hopewell Township can pay a fee ahead of time to have tires picked up from their curb on May 3 & November 1, 2024 (see information here).

Tennis Balls

ReBounces mail-in program:

Toys & Games

Many brands of toys can be recycled through the Hasbro Toy Recycling program (a partnership with TerraCycle):
Plastic toys can be taken to Second Chance Toys which donates toys to organizations that care for children in need: The closest drop off site in Central NJ is in Belle Mead; check the website for dates and hours.
Donate your LEGO bricks via the company’s Replay program: See also

Video Games and Gadgets

Take to Best Buy or Staples.

Vintage or Antique Architectural Items

Architectural Salvage: 381 North Main Street, Barnegat, NJ 08005. Call: 609-660-9790

Wine Corks

We hope to collect these at the Pennington Farmers’ Market but things have changed (Whole Foods discontinued their cork collection bins). Stay tuned!

X-Rays (Film Type)

The silver from x-rays can be recovered:

Yard Waste

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