Where to Recycle All Your Stuff in East Windsor Area
Here is the East Windsor, Hightstown and Cranbury guide to recycling all of your old things, from paper and glass to clothes and toys, plus some things you can do to benefit local schools and charities.
Need to find a new home for old computers, toys your kids have outgrown, or paint you're not going to use? Here is our guide to getting stuff out of your basement and into all the right places—that is, everywhere but the landfill.
Find out how to recycle everything in East Windsor and Hightstown!
Clothing: Cleaning out your closet gives you the opportunity to help others in need or maybe even make some extra cash. Here are a list of places to donate, sell and recycle unwanted items from your wardrobe.
East Windsor Township has partnered with the Rescue Mission of Trenton for a clothing donation drive this year. Clothing donation bins are currently located at the East Windsor Senior Center and East Windsor Fire Company No. 2/Rescue Squad No. 2. Please place all clothing in plastic bags; all clothing donations go directly to the Rescue Mission either to be sold in the Mission Store or given to needy members of the community.
Kids' Clothing: Whether you are looking to donate clothes or sell them for next year's school wardrobe fund, here are some local places you can get rid of the outgrown hand-me-downs from your kid's closet.
Bring your clothes to the Salvation Army Family Store located at 15 Route 33 in Trenton.
Toys: As your children get older and are gifted more toys, they outgrow certain playthings that can benefit less fortunate children. Consider donating to Toys for Tots, or go to www.donationtown.org to find out how you can get toys picked up from your home.
Bring your toys to Goodwill, there is one located in East Windsor on Ward Street and another located in Hightstown on Bank Street.
Electronics, Computers, Cellphones: Even though that old computer and last year's iPhone seem outdated, there are plenty of people who could put them to good use. For example, many women’s shelters collect working cellphones for women in domestic abuse situations so they can call 911 if needed, explains HowStuffWorks.com. Here are some other examples of local organizations where you can donate, sell or recycle your used electronics.
East Windsor residents can drop off electronic recycling, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.., excluding holidays, at the Township Public Works facility located at the corner of Ward Street and Etra Road. Electronics being accepted include: radios, appliances, DVDs, VCRs, electronic games, copiers, fax machines, tape recorders, answering machines, ballasts - most anything with a plug or battery is accepted!
Hightstown residents can also drop off their electronics at the Hightstown Public Works office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Monday through Friday (excluding Holidays). A wide array of computer equipment is accepted along with electronic devices.
Furniture: Even though you think you can never have one too many end tables, chances are, they will get tucked away into a hall closet and be forgotten in months. To give yourself more storage space, consider donating or selling your old furniture to the places below.
Bring your old furniture to Second Chance in Hightstown. They buy and sell clean, quality pre-owned furniture and accessories at reasonable prices.
Greater Goods Thrift Store in Hightstown also accepts donations of furniture and home decor which are donated to local families in need.
Paint: It's safe to dry out your leftover latex paint with kitty litter, dump it in the garbage and recycle the can. But, oil-based paints are actually considered hazardous, according to TheDailyGreen.com. Here are some ways you can safely discard the cans of paint taking up space in your garage.
The Mercer County Household Hazardous Waste Program accepts a variety of potentially hazardous materials including paint strippers, paint thinners, and oil-based paint. The materials must be dropped off at 350 Lawrence Station Road in Lawrence during their events, which three times a year.
Newspapers, Magazines and Other Paper: According to environment.about.com, recycling one ton of paper can save 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space and 4,000 kilowatts of energy. Here are some ways you can recycle the old mail, used magazines and last week's newspaper that are cluttering your counters and coffee tables.
Paper can be recycled along with everything else in East Windsor and Hightstown, recyclables do not need to be separated.
Plastic: According to Earth911.com, recycling 1 ton of plastic saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space. While it's pretty easy to recycle bottles in town, other plastic items can be tricky. However, many grocery stores offer recycling programs for plastic bags and product wraps. Here a list of nearby places where you can recycle plastic items from your home.
Glass: Glass is a very efficient material to recycle, because it takes much less energy and money to recycle the material than to make it from scratch, according to curiosity.discovery.com. Here is a list of ways to get rid of empty wine bottles, condiment jars and other glass products in town.
Glass is accepted in the single stream curbside pick-up in East Windsor and Hightstown.