Recycling Tote Program

Somerset County Recycling Division is gradually rolling out a new Curbside Recycling practice and equipment, which began in August 2018, and will be implemented County-wide within four years. Every household will be receiving two new 65 gallon recycling “totes.” They have wheels to easily move around and have color-coded lids that are permanently attached.


Here are links to a flier explaining which recycling materials go in each tote, and a letter to residents which includes directions on what to do with your old buckets. Each household gets this info on their mailbox when their new totes are dropped off:

Tote Rollout

Area 5 – Start Date July 16, 2021
A fifth section of Montgomery is receiving its totes from Somerset County on July 1, 2021, for first use at pick-up on Friday, July 16th. This is the northeast part of Montgomery’s Belle Mead section. Maps: Area 4ABCD & Area 7E

Area 4 – Start Date August 30, 2019
A fourth section of Montgomery received its totes on August 16, 2019, for first use at pick-up on Friday, August 30th. This fourth section included all households in a triangle east of Rt. 206, north of Rt. 518 (Washington Rd.), to the south of Belle-Mead Griggstown Rd. and west of River Rd. Map of Tote Area 4 (East of 206, West of River Rd)

Area 3 – Start Date May 10, 2019
A third section of Montgomery received its totes in April 2019 for first use at pick-up on Friday, May 10th. This third section included all households in a triangle west of Rt. 206, north of Orchard Rd and Skillman Road and east of Rt. 601. Map of Tote Area 3 (West of 206, East of 601)

Area 2 – Start Date February 1, 2019
A second section of Montgomery received its totes in January 2019. This second section included all Southeastern Montgomery households. Map of Tote Area 2 (Southeastern Montgomery)

Area 1 – Start Date August 31, 2018
The first section of Montgomery received its totes and its first use was in August 2018. This section is Southwestern Montgomery households. Map of Tote Area 1 (Southwestern Montgomery)

No other sections of Montgomery are subject to the upgrade at this time. When your totes are dropped off you will also receive a letter, similar to the one linked below, from Somerset County Recycling Division with detailed instructions.

Montgomery Township does not have further information on what order or when other sections of Montgomery will be receiving totes, but within a few years, ALL households will be receiving the totes. You are advised to wait to receive your totes and letter.

The equipment that will collect these totes will employ a state-of-the-art truck that not only services customers quickly but also addresses the safety and health concerns of employees. The new technology eliminates the need to physically lift and dump the totes, reducing many injuries, particularly to the back and shoulder areas. These totes are supplied by Somerset County for the collection of RECYCLING  ONLY.

If you have questions, please contact Somerset County Recycling Division at 732-469-3363.

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