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Princeton's recycling is handled by Mercer County Improvement Authority. If your recycling is missed or collection was incomplete, you can report it by clicking here or call Mercer County Improvement Authority at 609-278-8086.

2018 Recycling Dates

When a holiday interrupts your RECYCLING collection, it will be collected the SATURDAY immediately following the holiday.

Collection Dates

  • January 8th & 22nd
  • February 5th & 19th
  • March 5th & 19th
  • April 2nd, 16th & 30th
  • May 14th & 28th* (*Memorial Day, collection will be Saturday, June 2nd)
  • June 11th & 25th
  • July 9th & 23th
  • August 6th & 20th
  • September 3rd* & 17th (*Labor Day, collection will be Saturday, Sept 8th)
  • October 1st, 15th & 29th
  • November 12th & 26th
  • December 10th & 24th

Click here to view what you can and cannot put in your recycle bin.

Where can you get a recycling bucket?

YELLOW recycling buckets are available at the Department of Public Works located at 27 North Harrison Street (behind the fire house) Buckets are available Monday – Friday from 8:00 – 2:30.  Buckets are free and residents can take up to 4.  

To dispose of broken buckets, use them for your weekly trash collection but mark the top “TRASH, TAKE ALL”  Please do not bring broken buckets to Public Works.

Questions about recycling in Princeton call the Department of Public Works at 609-688-2566.

Sustainable Princeton's Guide to Recycling is a useful resource when you aren't sure what to do with something.

Please note the following changes to the Sustainable Princeton Guide to Recycling:

  • Styrofoam: Block styrofoam and packaging peanuts can be brought to the Princeton Farmer's Market during the following dates. Please note that block styrofoam refers to packaging foam used to encase a TV, electronic, or other fragile item. Our styrofoam collection does NOT include styrofoam plates, cups, egg cartons, or take out boxes.
  • Batteries: Alkaline batteries can be brought to the Princeton Farmer's Market during the following dates or dropped at the collection box outside our office at One Monument Drive. Please note that our alkaline battery collection does NOT include any rechargeable batteries, or any battery used to power a device not classified as a portable electronic device.

2018 County Wide Household Hazardous Waste/Electronics Recycling Events: 

Sponsored by the M.C.I.A. call (609) 278-8086 for information or click here to view their website.

  • Saturday, April 7, 2018 / 8AM - 2PM
  • Saturday, June 2, 2018 / 8AM - 2PM
  • Saturday, September 29, 2018 / 8AM - 2PM

LOCATION: Dempster Fire School, 350 Lawrence Station Road

Click here for directions to Dempster Fire School

2018 County Wide Document Shredding Events:

Sponsored by the M.C.I.A. call (609) 278-8086 for information or click here to view their website.

  • SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2018 / 9AM - 2PM
  • SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2018 / 9AM - 2PM

LOCATION: LOT 4, South Broad Street Across from Mercer County Administration Building)

Princeton's BYOB Initiative:

Princeton Merchants Association along with other local merchants, nonprofits and the Municipality of Princeton are promoting a single use plastic bag reduction initiative for the community. For more information visit the Princeton Merchants Association page.

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