Recycling Center/Mini-Dump operating schedule

Recycling Center/Mini-Dump

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2-8 p.m. (Gates close at 7:45 p.m.)
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Gates close at 4:15 p.m.)
Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & holidays – Closed

Closed holidays include:

Tuesday, November 2nd (Election Day)
Thursday, November 11th (Veterans Day)
Thursday, November 25th (Thanksgiving Day)
Thursday, December 23rd
Saturday, December 25th (Christmas Day)
Thursday, December 30th
Saturday, January 1st New Year’s Day

Residents must wear a mask or similar covering when coming to the Center.

Need to dispose of leaves? Grass? Other bagged brush or vegetation? Since January 1, 2020, in lieu of the coupons being mailed to residents, you will use the new Piscataway Service Card that electronically contains the services provided by DPW through a UPC code.

You must present your Service Card at the DPW gate to enter the recycling yard. It will be your proof of residency. For a loaded passenger vehicle, SUV or minivan, the recycling yard attendant will scan your card once. The largest vehicle allowed in the Recycling Center is a half-ton pickup or trailer no larger than four feet by eight feet for which two scans of the card will be made. No trucks with built-up sideboards are permitted.

While a Service Card packet is normally provided at the DPW office, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, no residents may enter the DPW offices. However, homeowners may e-mail an image of their driver’s license to ServiceCards@PiscatawayNJ.org and a card packet will be sent in the mail. Renters will need their landlords to obtain a service card packet for them. If you need assistance, please call our office at (732) 562-2390 on Mondays-Fridays from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Coupons for grass disposal can be purchased outside the DPW office and added to the service card for one dollar ($1.00) per 30-gallon bag (supplied by the residents) that is disposed. Coupon credits purchased in 2021 may only be used in 2021; credits do not roll over to subsequent years. A minimum of two $1.00 purchases must be made with each transaction. Only checks or credit/debit cards are accepted for any purchases made through the DPW office. Checks should be made out to “Township of Piscataway.” The service card acts as your ID and must be presented at the gate as proof of residency.


Public Works picks up leaf bags in the Fall. Residents who leave leaf bags at the curb after receiving a notice to abate may be subject to a fine. However, residents may bring them to the Mini-Dump Center during its summertime hours. Unbagged vegetation such as branches brought to the Center will not be debited from your service card but will be scanned for record purposes.

Need to get rid of lumber, household debris, carpeting, furniture or other such non-recyclable materials? This is also when to use your service card under the continuing rules & regulations. When you bring any of these materials to the Center, you must present your service card as your ID. A car-load of these materials needs one scan of the card; a pick-up truck needs two scans of the service card to debit each permitted deposit of trash. Residents entering the Center must have their vehicles properly insured, inspected and registered. The largest vehicle allowed is a half-ton pick-up truck. No commercial vehicles, trucks with side boards, boxed U-Hauls or moving trucks are permitted.

What to do with materials such as batteries, tires, motor oil, certain metal items (washers, dryers, dishwashers, hot water heaters, refrigerators, air conditioners), certain electronics (televisions, desktop or personal computers, computer monitors, portable computers, desktop printers, desktop fax machines) as well as any recyclables usually picked up curbside? You can bring these to the Center. As these items are recyclable, none of the services provided will be debited but your service card will be scanned for record purposes.

Some items may not be brought to the Center. No paint, hazardous waste, kitchen garbage, contractor debris, dirt, rocks or stones are handled by the Township. The Center will also not accept other electronics such as cell phones, copiers, digital cameras, DVD players, e-book readers, keyboards, MP3 players, modems, mouses, personal digital assistants (PDAs), scanners, stereo and radio equipment, telephones, VCRs or any products that contain rechargeable batteries not included in this list. Please contact the Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management at (732) 745-4170 for information on how to dispose of such items.

Need a special curbside pickup? Until mid-October, residents may schedule two curbside trash pickups and one curbside branch pick up. Your service card will be debited accordingly. To schedule, please call the Public Works Department at (732) 562-2390 no later than mid-September.

Please keep in mind that for branches picked up curbside, the bundles must be tied with string and be no wider than one foot in diameter. Crews will not take any branches longer than five feet in length and no wider that four inches in diameter. Any bundles containing construction-type wood, metal or other foreign objects will not be taken. Please stack the bundles neatly at the curb, making the pile no longer than ten feet in length, five feet deep and four feet high.

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