Hard-to-Recycle Options

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

There are several year-round collections for hard-to-recycle items in our area: 

  • 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.
  • Preserve Gimme 5 Collection: From yogurt cups to bottle caps, the Gimme 5 program accepts clean, rigid #5 plastic containers. WholeFoods on Route 1 offers this collection year-round. 
  • 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.

Take note of these hard-to-recycle events in our area:

  • SHREDtemberfest: The Municipality of Princeton organizes this annual event to collect shredding, electronics and more.
  • MCIA Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Electronics Recycling Events: Three times a year, these county-wide events collect everything from aerosol cans to fluorescent bulbs and televisions.
  • The Princeton Farmers Market: Several times a year, we collect cell phones, wine corks and more at the market. Stay tuned for the next collection.

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.
  • 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.