Hard-to-Recycle Options

Did you know that you can upcycle uncommon items such as printer cartridges, televisions, and yogurt cups? It’s true.

Please note that during the current pandemic, some upcycling opportunities have been canceled. Check each opportunity to learn about its current availability.

Explore Mercer County’s hard-to-recycle collection opportunities.

Take advantage of these local year-round collections for hard-to-recycle items: 

  • Plastic Film & Bag Collection: We partner with grocery stores — including McCaffrey’s, Whole Earth Center, and numerous businesses and nonprofits — to collect plastic bags and other plastic films. Learn more here.
  • Wireless Alliance Collection: We host a collection box outside our office in Monument Hall for cell phones & tablets (along with their accessories), printer cartridges, and batteries. All batteries from handheld devices are accepted, but please be sure to tape battery ends to prevent electrical discharge during shipping.
  • Call2Recycle Collections: Offered at some local hardware stores, this collection allows you to drop or ship select batteries and cell phones.
  • Preserve Gimme 5 Collection: From yogurt cups to bottle caps, the Gimme 5 program accepts clean, rigid #5 plastic containers. Unfortunately, we have learned that due to contamination, our local Whole Foods no longer accepts this collection; however, there is still a mail-in option. Learn more here.
  • Terracycle’s Free Recycling Programs: Everything from beauty products to chip bags and water filters are collected and upcycled by Terracycle. Check out the Terracycle collections here.
  • CJP Group Mattress Recycling: For a fee, this group can pick up mattresses and box springs from your home and prepare them for recycling. Visit their site to learn more.

Stay tuned for these additional collection opportunities:

  • SHREDtemberfest: The Municipality of Princeton is looking to hosts this event every fall.
  • Sustainable Princeton Upcycling Events: Several times a year, we collect styrofoam, cell phones, wine corks, and more. Learn more about our collections here.

Stay informed. Please sign up for our newsletter to receive notices about each of these events.

Did you know?

  • Frames from foam? It’s true. We deliver packaging StyrofoamⓇ to Princeton Moulding where it is upcycled into picture frames. That’s not all. Raybob Packaging Inc. in Tullytown, PA also accepts certain types of styrofoam for upcycling.
  • Plates from pill bottles? Yep. Whole Foods on Route 1 accepts pill bottles, yogurt cups and other #5 plastics for upcycling into dishware, toothbrushes and other household items sold by Preserve.
  • Adirondack chairs from plastic bags? Most grocery stores deliver plastic bags and films to TrexⓇ which upcycles them into outdoor furniture and decking material.
  • Thanks McCaffrey’s. Since the Plastic Film & Bag Collection began in 2013, the equivalent of over 2 million plastic bags have been collected throughout Princeton for upcycling by McCaffrey’s Food Market.
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