Questions about what can and can not be recycled/trashed or your pick up date?
Bulk pick-up of garbage items will resume the week of April 27th, 2020.
DAY AND TIME OF COLLECTION: You can find out your days and times by clicking here. The time of day may change. Your garbage should be placed at the curb by or before 7 a.m. on collection day with your sticker attached to each garbage bag.
LIMITS: ALL such garbage waste should be in 34-gallon containers, either metal, plastic or 34-gallon, heavy-duty garbage bags. All recycling items should not be in plastic bags. Electronic items are not collected. There is a 50-pound limit on each container. Please bring trash receptacles back into your yard by the end of the collection day.
IMPORTANT: Items NOT in 34-gallon containers 1) may be left by our contracted disposal company, 2) may blow away, 3) may be scattered by birds or animals, 4) are unsightly, and 5) may create a health hazard. Please cooperate.
STICKER TRASH SYSTEM: High Bridge has instituted a garbage sticker program to encourage more recycling. Each sticker can be used for 34-gallons or 50 pounds of garbage. Each year residents and businesses are sent 110 stickers for the year, equating to two bags a week. The stickers will be sent every November for the following year. These are not dated stickers, so they can be used throughout the year.
Every bag of garbage must have a sticker on it. If you use garbage cans, place the sticker on the top item in the can so it is plainly visible when the lid is removed by the collector. For cleanup items, use one sticker for each 50 pounds of weight.
Landlords: Please advise your tenants of the regulations and distribute the stickers to your tenants in a timely fashion. If you do not disperse the stickers, solid waste will not get picked up and, as owners, you will be fined.
Home closings: Sellers should transfer to the buyers of any unit in High Bridge, two stickers per week from the date of the closing to November 1st. If the seller has no stickers to transfer to the buyer then funds can be transferred instead. $4.00 per week from the date of the closing to November 1st should be transferred.
In cold or inclement weather, please make sure to attach your solid waste sticker securely with alternate means, such as stapling, to the bag. Stickers should not be placed on the garbage can.
All recyclable material, including newspapers, magazines, junk mail and cardboard, may be commingled and combined with other recyclable items, including glass of any color, aluminum, tin, paper and plastic #s 1 – 7, any size and any shape.
There are three options to prepare commingled and combined recyclables for collection:
- place commingled recyclables in a single, reusable container, securing the contents in the container so they cannot blow out of the container*
- tie separated paper product recyclables in bundles as follows: cross-tie newspapers, magazines, single-ply cardboard (such as cereal boxes and gift boxes), corrugated cardboard, and junk mail (not shredded) in separate bundles 8 to 12 inches high placed next to other recyclables.
*IMPORTANT: The recycling collector will NOT pick up loose items in the street or recycling materials in plastic bags. Residents are responsible for picking up any items that blow out of their containers.
Note: Pizza boxes are not recyclable.
Curbside recycling is a service our town provides for its residents. Please take advantage of this service. Recycling does make a difference in our environment. Our goal is to keep all the recyclables out of the trash flow. To make recycling as convenient as possible, curbside collection occurs every other week.
- Put recycling out the night before your pick-up day. Collection begins early in the morning. If your recycling is not out when the truck goes by, please bring it back into your yard. It will not be picked up until the next scheduled pick-up collection day. Bring recycling receptacles back into your yard by the end of the collection day.
- Sometimes our collector has a problem and cannot finish all the streets on the collection day. If they haven’t been to your street at all, leave your materials curbside and they should be by the next day to pick them up
BULKY WASTE: For cleanup items, use one sticker for each 50 pounds of weight.
WHITE GOODS AND CONSTRUCTION WASTE will not be picked up. Electronic items can be disposed at our annual Electronics Recycling Event. A $10.00 charge for Freon items such as refrigerators, air conditioners, etc. is charged on the Electronics Recycling Day.
GENERAL TRASH INFORMATION: The State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) requires us to reach a 50% recycling rate. High Bridge’s 2015 residential recycling percentage was 19% for curbside recycling. When you factor in the recycling information provided by vendors who collected from Borough recycling events and road projects, the rate increases to a 75% recycling rate.
The Environmental Committee asks all our residents to please continue to help us reduce the amount of recycling that goes into our garbage collection. Besides assisting us to meet the mandated recycling goals, your recycling can generate grant income to the Borough while helping our environment.
Did you know that we are eligible for State recycling grants based on the amount of our annual recycling tonnage reports? The DEP’s recycling tonnage grant program is intended to provide municipalities with incentives to reduce trash disposal and increase recycling. It is funded through a State-imposed fee, which is added to waste transfer station tipping fees.
The grants are based on annual recycling tonnage reports submitted by municipalities and determined by the fees collected statewide. The revenue from these grants is used to offset Borough recycling expenses and was utilized in the annual budget to cover the cost of cleaning up The Commons, i.e. tub grinding and the associated labor costs. Your local government uses this grant money to continue to build even stronger recycling programs as we all work to improve our recycling efforts. High Bridge has recycling ordinances in place. Check them out on our town website. (See Documents & Forms/General Borough Documents.)