Don't forget this weekend is Princeton's annual S.H.R.R.E.D.temberfest on Saturday, September 26th from 10 am to 2 pm rain or shine at Witherspoon Hall parking lot, 400 Witherspoon St. This annual event organized by the Public Works Department and provided by the NJ Clean Communities Grant & the NJ DEP Recycling Tonnage Grant, is a great way for Princeton residents to recycle many household items rather than send them to a landfill.
Shred your personal documents
Household goods & clean clothing recycling
Rain Barrels $30.00 per barrel (small quantities available)
Recycle home medical equipment
Electronic & computer recycling
Dumpster discards & Donate bikes
Check out the Princeton Municipal website for a complete list of what you can and cannot bring.
Backyard compost bins will also be available for the subsidized price of $30. Backyard composting is a great way to divert food waste from being sent to the landfill. According to the EPA's 2012 Municipal Solid Waste Characterization Report, 21% of waste going to municipal landfills is food waste. We can put that waste to a better purpose by composting and putting important nutrients back into the soil. Limited bins are available so arrive early.
Rain barrels will also be available for the subsidized price of $30. According to the EPA, lawn and gardening take up about 40% of water usage during the summer months in the Mid-Atlantic. Rain barrels help conserve water and energy. It takes energy to treat and transport water to consumers. To learn more about rain barrels, check out this FAQ from the Rutgers Water Resources Program.
Also taking place on this day is the Mercer County Improvement Authority's last Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Electronic Recycling Event in 2015. Mercer County residents can bring hazardous waste and electronics for recycling and safe disposal. The event takes place at the John T. Dempster Fire School 350 Lawrence Station Road, Lawrenceville. Go here for details on what materials are accepted.
Not able to make it S.H.R.R.E.D.temberfest or to the MCIA event, check out the Princeton Municipal website for more information about recycling.