RECYCLING & DISPOSAL
Pill Hill Recycling Center
Property Owners with the following Bernards Township Tax Codes, 2, 3A & 4C, may obtain the Pill Hill Electronic Permit Card for use at the Pill Hill Recycling Center.
The permits will be issued Monday - Friday 7:00AM - 3:30PM, at the Bernards Township Public Works Office located at 277 South Maple Ave, Basking Ridge. Proof of ownership must be presented at the time the permit is obtained.
Permit Cards are linked to the property owners block and lot and will be automatically renewed in January. Permit Cards will be automatically voided once the property is sold.
Permit Cards may be issued to renters upon proof the property owner authorized such transmittal, call Department of Public Works Office @ 908-204-3084 for specifics.
Only one permit card will be issued per Block & Lot, no exceptions.
Pill Hill Recycling Center is located at 150 Pill Hill Rd and is open on the weekend only.
All residents must possess and present their permit card to enter the facility. No commercial vehicles will be allowed except those owned by the resident. Vehicles larger than a pickup are not allowed nor are commercial vehicles. (Exception: A commercial vehicle registered in the name and address of a private resident for their personal use; no commercial usage.)
The permit card is loaded with four (4) credits per calendar year to dispose of Bulky Household Waste. Examples of Bulky Waste are; furniture, mattresses, box springs, carpeting and padding. The minimum number of credits charged for a visit will be one. A sample schedule follows:
A. Car or Station Wagon = One Credit Used
B. MiniVan, Small Trailer = Two Credits Used
C. Small Pickup = Two Credits Used
D. Full Size Pickups = Four Credits Used
Partial credits may be charged for B, C or D above if, in the determination of the gate attendant, the material delivered constitutes half or less of the capacity of the vehicle (i.e. a half full pickup may be charged two credits instead of four based upon the attendant's estimate).
No credits are charged for the following goods:
- Aluminum Cans
- Aluminum & non-ferrous scrap
- Leaves, brush, wood waste
- Computer, high grade white and mixed office paper
- Corrugated cardboard
- Glass containers
- Heavy iron
- Plastic containers such as soda bottles
- Tires ($5 charge, $10 with rim)
- White goods & light iron
- Computers and Electronics
- TV’s ($16.00 charge has been waived until further notice)
Auto & light truck tires without rims will be accepted at a cost of $5 per tire; any tire with a rim will cost $10. No heavy truck or equipment tires will be accepted.
Additional credits may be purchased at the Pill Hill Facility. Current cost is $60 per credit.
Lost cards will be replaced on a fee basis of $20.00. Payment must be made by check to Bernards Township.
Leaves, brush and other yard trimmings (excluding grass clippings) will be accepted. Leaves may be brought in any type of container. All containers must be emptied and taken back by the resident. No other materials may be mixed in with the leaves.
Wood waste must be in a form that can be chipped. Small brush and twigs must be tied in bundles. Bundles or individual pieces should be no more than twelve inches in diameter. Lengths of three to four feet are best. No stumps, roots or foreign matter such as nails, rocks or dirt will be accepted.
Normal bulky household items, toys, appliances, lawnmowers, bicycles, etc.
You will receive detailed information on a "Rules and Regulations Sheet" when you receive your Permit card with reference to operating schedule, vegetative wastes, bulky household items and a list of items not accepted.
- Hazardous or Toxic Waste
- Grass Clippings, Stumps
- Asbestos & Asphalt Shingles
- Latex, Water or Oil Based Paint
- Antifreeze, Transmission & Brake Fluids
- Concrete, Brick, Concrete Blocks
- Bituminous Concrete/Dirt Mothballs/Disinfectants
- Fuel Tanks of any type of Propane Tanks
- Fuels, Floor & Furniture Polish
- Car Batteries, Food Products
- Junk Cars, Common Household Garbage
- Diapers Railroad Ties
- Fluorescent Bulbs
Visit https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/public-works/recycling/battery-disposal for more information.
Bulky items are accepted at the Township's Pill Hill Recycling Center. Examples of bulky household waste are furniture, mattresses, box springs, carpeting & padding, construction debris (other than recyclables and those listed as not accepted), attic clean-out, ect.
As the owner, operator or manager of a business/commercial establishment you must ensure that a recycling system is in place. That system needs to provide for the separation of mandatory recyclable items and for the proper recycling of those materials. You, not your trash hauler, are responsible for separating mandatory materials and keeping them out of any refuse containers holding non-recyclable items.
Visit https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/public-works/recycling/business-recycling for more information.
Clothing Bin Donation Locations
- Lyons Mall (by the Stop & Shop), 465 S Finley Ave.
- Lyons Rail Road Station, Lyons Road off of S Finley Ave.
- Community Service, 31 Stonehouse Road
The following items are accepted at the Pill Hill Recycling Center: Computer monitors, computers/laptops, keyboards, computer mice, modems, external drives, scanners, printers, copy machines, cables, other computer peripherals, VCRs, DVD players, stereos, radios, phones, fax machines, camcorders, electric typewriters, and most media (floppies, CDs, DVDs), telephones, cell phones, and similar products.
Note: Your card shall not be punched for disposal of the items listed above.
$16.00 Fee for Television disposal has been waived until further notice
Somerset County residents can recycle electronics free of charge on designated Saturdays and weekdays. Visit https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/public-works/recycling/electronics-waste for details.
Fluorescent tubes & compact fluorescent lights (unbroken) are accepted at Somerset County Hazardous Waste Days.
Please visit your local Home Depot or Lowe's Home Improvement store to recycle your CFL bulbs, rechargeable batteries and cell phones. Here is a list of stores in and around Somerset County.
Bridgewater Rt. 202
Bridgewater Rt. 28
1515 Rt. 22
Watchung, NJ 07069
The Somerset County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program gives residents and farmers a legal and cost-free way to dispose of unwanted household items that cannot be disposed of in the regular trash. This drop-off opportunity is for residents only. Visit https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/public-works/recycling/hazardous-waste-days for more information.
Food waste and all other materials that are left after all recycled materials are removed. Garbage disposal is by private garbage collection companies. Bernards Township does not have a municipal pick-up. Some local trash providers that currently work within Bernards Township:
K.W.S. (908) 903-9031
Republic Services (908)534-4004
Pinto Disposal (908)561-8231
Please contact your hauler for a comprehensive list of typical household trash items.
Glass, plastic, aluminum, paper and cardboard.
The curbside recycling program is administered by Somerset County. Visit https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/public-works/recycling for more information.
Over-the-counter and prescription medications should not be disposed of down the drain. Wastewater treatment facilities are not designed to remove pharmaceutical compounds and they may end up in your local waterways, and may eventually be found in drinking water.
For information on proper disposal of medication and home generated medical waste visit https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/public-works/recycling/home-medical-waste.
For the convenience of residents, a 24/7 medicine drop-box is located at the Bernards Township Police Department, 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge.
Somerset County does not collect polystyrene materials because they are difficult to collect and store due to its bulk. To assist residents who want to dispose of polystyrene products rather than throw them out with the trash,Visit https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/public-works/recycling/polystyrene for a list of recycling options.
Leaves, brush and other yard trimmings [excluding grass clippings] will be accepted at the Township's Pill Hill Recycling Center with a Pill Hill Permit card. No credits will be used for these visits.
Leaves may be brought in any type of container. All containers must be emptied and taken back by the resident. No other materials may be mixed in with the leaves.
To be accepted, wood waste must be in a form that can be chipped. Small brush and twigs must be tied in bundles. Bundles or individual pieces should be no more than twelve inches in diameter. Lengths of three to four feet are best. No stumps, roots or foreign matter such as nails or dirt will be accepted. Wood scrap such as unfinished lumber (non-chemically treated, not painted, no metal or nails, no plywood or laminated pieces) will also be accepted, if chippable.
Unfortunately due to a multitude of unlabeled hazardous household waste that have been deposited in the waste oil container at 277 S Maple Ave., the drop off procedure required modification.
We recommend that residents utilize Somerset County for any and all Household Hazardous Waste disposal at the designated drop offs throughout the year. https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/public-works/recycling/hazardous-waste-days
In an effort to continue to provide convenient waste oil recycling drop off and control the dropping off of non-accepted chemicals the following changes have been made.
- Supervised waste oil drop-off during the hours of 7:00 am and 3:00 pm on Mondays only.
- Disposal will require a DPW employee to assist you with the drop off. They will be looking for waste oil in a clearly labeled container. Any other chemicals shall not be accepted at our facility. Mechanics and other DPW personnel are located on the 1st floor rear of building at 277 S Maple Ave.
It should be noted that private service stations, as well as, Somerset County also accept waste oil. Locations can be found on the Somerset County web site. https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/public-works/recycling/waste-oil