Once a month during the summer of 2019, we will be at the Princeton Farmers Market collecting a number of resources for recycling or upcycling. Please note the specific instructions for each item, as our collection is different from last year.

  • Batteries: Batteries from handheld devices can be reused or recycled through the Wireless Alliance. NOTE: No corroded batteries. Battery ends must be sealed with clear tape.

  • Block Styrofoam™ and peanuts: Packaging Styrofoam™ used to encase a fragile item can be locally upcycled into picture frames. NOTE: All Styrofoam™ must be brought in a CLOSED BAG to prevent debris! This collection does NOT include plates, cups, egg cartons, or take-out boxes. Finally, we cannot accept spongey lookalike foams. Ie, Styrofoam™ breaks or crumbles under force, while the lookalikes act more like a sponge that bends or compresses.

  • Cell phones and tablets: All cell phones and tablets can be refurbished or shredded for precious metals reclamation by Wireless Alliance. Review their information regarding data security. NOTE: To allow data cleansing of Apple products, be sure to disable the Find My iPhone Activation Lock.

  • Printer cartridges: Ink cartridges can be refurbished or upcycled by Wireless Alliance.

  • Pill bottles: EMPTY and clean prescription pill bottles can be upcycled into Preserve products via the Gimme5 program. NOTE: Remove all labels and ensure bottles are empty. Leftover medicine should instead be taken to the Prescription Drug Drop Box in the lobby of the Police Department.

  • Wine corks: Synthetic or natural corks can be upcycled into art and building projects through the Cork Club program.

Mark your calendars with each of the remaining monthly dates for 2019, and look for our green Resource Recovery Tent at the Market:

  • Thursday, September 19: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

  • Thursday, October 17: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

  • Thursday, November 14: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Princeton Farmers Market, located on Hinds Plaza, 55 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, is a nonprofit organization with a mission of creating an economically sustainable community for local farmers, producers and residents. For more information, and the list of vendors, please visit

If you are interested in volunteering at our Resource Recovery Tent, or learning about other volunteer opportunities, please email