Somerset County Urges Residents Not to Place Batteries in Recycling Collection Containers

Batteries, Particularly Lithium Batteries, Have Caused Repeated Fires in County Recycling Vehicles and Storage Areas

Residents can bring lithium and rechargeable batteries to the Hazardous Waste Drop Off events.

Post Date: 03/20/2024 12:48 PM
Hillsborough, NJ – Somerset County remind all residents that batteries should never be added to the bi-weekly recycling containers for collection. Batteries, and especially lithium and rechargeable batteries, have and continue to result in dangerous fires in the trucks and recycling center causing significant damage and potential injury risk.

When fires occur due to improperly disposed of batteries and other materials, Recycling staff must dump the contents of the vehicle and put the fire out as quickly and safely as possible.

Somerset County residents can bring lithium and rechargeable batteries to scheduled Hazardous Waste drop offs at various locations. The following events are available in 2024:

  •  April 20: Warren Township Public Works Garage
  • 1 Bardy Road, Warren 07059
  • June 15: South County Public Works Garage
    410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough 08844
  • September 14: Branchburg Township Public Works Garage
    34 Kenbury Road | Branchburg 08876
  • October 19: South County Public Works Garage
    410 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough 08844

Household batteries (AA, AAA, D, C and 9 volt) may be disposed of in the regular trash and picked up by municipal or private haulers.

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