Garbage, Recycling & Bulk Collection

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Only garbage or recycling inside of the Township-provided carts will be collected.  Garbage bags adjacent to the carts will not be collected.  Garbage is collected in the North Zone on Mondays and Thursdays.

Recyclable materials shall be loose (no plastic bags) in the Township-provided blue cart.  Cardboard is a recyclable item, it is not bulk.  It must be broken down and it must be inside the blue recycling cart for collection.  Please rinse your recyclables and remove the caps, as they belong in the garbage.  Recycling is collected ever other Wednesday.  Please refer to the collection calendar.

Bulk items are considered large items that do not fit into the black garbage cart, such as furniture, mattresses, etc.  Bulk items in garbage bags will not be collected.  Please note that bulk is collected in a separate truck from the garbage collection.   Bulk is collected on your next garbage collection day following your recycling day.  In the North Zone, bulk is collected on Thursday (during recycling week) and in the South Zone it is collected on Friday (during your recycling week).  Please refer to the collection calendar.

Carts must have 3 feet of clearance (from mailboxes,  basketball hoops, additional Township carts, vehicles, etc.) on all sides as the garbage truck has a mechanical arm, otherwise it may not be collected.  Mailboxes or basketball hoops that extended into the roadway are the responsibility of the resident, if damaged.

Please click here for a ZONING MAP.

Please click here for collection CALENDARS for the year.

Garbage & Recycling Program hotline: 732-615-3233 or you can email us at recycling@middletownnj.org.

What can I recycle & where do I recycle it? See our comprehensive recycling chart!


For issues with your former solid waste or recycling company, please contact the NJ Consumer Affairs Department at (973) 504-6200. Click here to file a complaint online or to fill out a printable form and mail it in to the Division. 7:26H-5.12 Customer Bill of Rights - NJDEP Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste