Public Works

This office supervises and directs the Parks and Buildings Division, the Roads Division, and the user-fee supported Sewer Division. Montgomery Township’s Container Facility allows residents to dispose of household items that are not recyclable, not hazardous waste and that cannot be collected by their trash hauler. Curbside Recycling is handled by Somerset County but many questions are answered on our Recycling section below.

Below you will find information on our various services to our public. Questions?  Call (908) 874-3144


The Container Facility allows Montgomery Township residents to dispose of household items that are not recyclable, not hazardous waste and that cannot be collected by their trash hauler. A Montgomery Township Coupon is required of all Montgomery residents who wish to enter the facility. Click on “container facility in left side menu above for further info.


Montgomery Township residents contract privately for their curbside garbage removal needs.  Those moving into a townhome or condominium community may wish to inquire of their property management company, which often contracts for this service for their residents. There are a number of trash haulers in our area.  Please refer to the local business listings of any printed phone book or web-based business directory.


Bi-weekly Curbside Pick-up is provided by Somerset County. For what can be recycled, the Curbside Pick-up Schedule, and First Saturday Recycling and Electronics Drop-Off Schedules, go to the Somerset County website’s recycling page at:

Recycling Bins – Each household not yet in the Totes Program is allowed two blue bins for no charge and additional bins at $10 each.  They may be picked up by new residents in the vestibule of the Montgomery Twp. Municipal Building, 2261 Rt. 206, Belle Mead, NJ 08502 M-F 8:00am-4:30pm.  Please check in with the receptionist first.


If you have questions, please contact Somerset County Recycling Division at 732-469-3363.

Recycling Beyond Curbside – Do you have items to discard which are NOT taken curbside?  The Montgomery Township Environmental Commission has prepared this very helpful brochure to assist you in locating recycling destinations/options:


Drop-Off Box for Recyclables at Montgomery Public Works Yard – For the convenience of our residents, Montgomery Township also provides a Recycling Drop-Off location for residents to dispose of their recyclables. The drop-off box is located at the Public Works yard, 12 Harlingen Road, Belle Mead, NJ 08502 between 8 am and 12 noon. The recyclable items are the same items (glass/plastics/cans/paper/cardboard etc) that are regularly picked up every other Friday by Somerset County Recycling. This opportunity is for recycling only – no trash will be accepted.  Proof of Montgomery Twp. residency is required for admission.

Recycling drop-off dates are from 8 am to 12 noon on the following dates:

January 23
February 20
March 20
April 17
May 15
June 26
July 24
August 21
September 18
October 16
November 13
December 11

Please note, these are NOT Container Facility Open Dates, which are separate dates typically (but not always) the 2nd Sat. of the month, for bringing disposables to our yard with a purchased permit.  Any questions, please call the Montgomery Twp. Dept. Public Works – 908-874-3144.


Battery Recycling Guidelines:

Business Waste Recycling Drop Off
Recycling is a legal requirement for all business locations. Montgomery Business Recycling Ordinance

In Somerset County small businesses with between one and 50 employees are allowed to drop off materials at the Somerset County Recycling Center, located at 40 Polhemus Lane, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., M-F.

The types of materials that will be accepted at the Recycling Center are newspapers; cardboard and chipboard; commingled containers, which include glass bottles, plastics bottles (marked with a #1 or #2), and steel, bi-metal and aluminum cans. Bring recyclable items in a cardboard box or bucket.

The following items will not be accepted: electronic waste, scrap metal, tires, plastic bags, chemicals or hazardous materials.

There will be no reimbursement for recyclable materials dropped off. For additional information, call the Somerset County Recycling Center at 732-469-3363.

CFL (Compact Fluorescent) BulbsTrue Value Hardware of Montgomery (in ShopRite Shopping Center), Home Depot, and Lowes provide free collection centers in their stores.

Electronics Recycling

Drop-off Locations & Times For Somerset County Residents

Location, dates, and times are as follows:

When: 1st Saturday Collections from 8:00am-2pm
(Please note 2021 exceptions: in July drop-off is held on July 10 )


South County Public Works
410 Roycefield Road
Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Materials accepted:

Computer (Desktops & Laptops), Monitors (Cathode-Ray Tube & Flat Panel) and Televisions (Cathode-Ray Tube & Flat Panel); Telecommunication Equipment (Telephones, Cellular Phones), Telephone Mainframes, copiers, digital cameras, DVD players, e-book readers, fax machines, Keyboards, Mice, Cables, Wiring, Circuit Boards, Modems, Power Supplies, MP3 players, personal digital assistants (PDAs), printers, scanners, stereo and radio equipment, VCRs, Audio Visual Equipment, Typewriters, Mainframe Equipment & Controllers, Camcorders.

NO Batteries will be accepted.  Household batteries may be disposed in the regular trash.  Bring lithium and rechargeable batteries to Somerset County’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection events.

For information, contact Somerset County Recycling Coordinator Melissa Harvey at 908-231-7109 or

First Saturday of Month Somerset County Drop-off Days
2021 Schedule & Rules Somerset Cty Recycling Center, 40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater, NJ. Forget to put your recycling curbside?  You can bring it here and in addition recycle the following specific items: tires (up to 8), scrap metal, used oil, oil filters, antifreeze, or a microwave. For more information about this program, contact Recycling Coordinator Melissa Harvey at (908) 231-7109 or

Freezers, Refrigerators, AC Units, Dehumifiers
PSE&G Program.  Go to this page to find out rebates and schedule a pick-up: or call: 1-888-484-8313

Household Hazardous Waste – Somerset County sponsors disposal on specific dates at various locations. Call the County at (908) 231-7031 for further information. Somerset County Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off days may be found from .

Leaf and Grass Clipping Composting
For guidance on how to compost yard waste on your property, please attend one of Somerset County’s upcoming Composting Workshops (In April & Sept. call 908-231-7109 to register) or read Home Composting, a Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension Worksheet. Montgomery Township does not have curbside pick-up of these items. Go to Container Facility page to learn what to do with brush.

Medicine/Rx Drug Disposal – In conjunction with Somerset County’s Household Hazardous Waste Program, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office hosts a Rx Mission Drive-in/Drop-Off program at 6 permanent locations open 24/7.  There is also an annual national Take-Back Day.  See the following local and national information:

Permanent Drop-off Locations & Drive Through/Drop-off Program in Somerset County

National Drug Take-Back Initiative

How to Dispose of Unused Medicines

Paper Shredding

Operation Secure Shred events are held at various convenient locations and open to all residents of Somerset County. Please bring some form of identification which establishes your Somerset County residency. All paper documents and cardstock folders are acceptable.


It is not necessary to remove staples or paperclips. Shredding can be done in front of you while you wait and all containers can be returned. For more information, please contact 908-203-6018.

To sign up for further notices regarding the shredding calendar directly from Somerset County, go to:



Plastic Toys, Gently Used
Montgomery Township Department of Public Works and Second Chance Toys have teamed up to collect your gently used plastic toys for children in need.  This is being done on an ongoing basis.

See Flier for Details:



Used Oil
The following will accept waste oil in our area. Call before you go to make sure they are open and accepting oil at this time.

-Montgomery Township Municipal Garage (during container facility open days). A five (5) gallon limit per visit. Oil only – no filters or antifreeze.

-Car Parts on Amwell Road (908) 874-7550, Hapi Auto Parts on Amwell Road (908) 359-2300, or STS Car Service Center, Route 206 (609) 921-8200

-Somerset County Recycling Center (8:00 a.m.- noon, first Saturday of each month). The County will also accept filters and antifreeze.

Used Tires
Tires are not taken at the Container Facility but may be dropped off on the first Saturday of the month at the County Recycling Center at 40 Polhemus Lane in Bridgewater from 8:00 a.m. until noon. There is an eight (8) tire maximum at any one time. There are also special tire recycling events at various locations throughout the year. Call Somerset County Recycling at for details at (908) 231-7031.



With a staff of three operators, three laborers, and one foreman, and using environmentally friendly alternatives to indiscriminant spraying of chemical pesticides for lawns, trees and shrubs, this division presently maintains approximately 150 acres of parklands. This includes six baseball fields, ten soccer fields, and ten playgrounds. The division also maintains operations and cleanliness of the municipally owned public buildings.




This division employs ten operators and one foreman in the maintenance of drainage ditches and other drainage facilities around town, roadside mowing, erection and removal of snow-fence, snow plowing, salting and anti-icing and patching of roads, and other general maintenance of the roadways. The division presently maintains approximately 135 miles of roadway.

Roadway Maintenance Issues – Before You Call …

Please first identify if the road is maintained by Montgomery Township or the State of New Jersey or Somerset County or even possibly by your neighborhood’s management company:

Route 206 is a New Jersey State Highway maintained by the NJ Dept. of Transportation.

For NJDOT’s Pothole, Maintenance, and Deer Reporting Form, go to:

Somerset County Roads
Any main roads in Montgomery, excluding Rt. 206, associated with a route number are maintained by Somerset County. These include Dutchtown-Harlingen Rd. (Rt. 604), Belle Mead-Blawenburg Rd aka The Great Rd. (Rt. 601), Georgetown-Franklin Turnpike (Rt. 518), River Rd. (Rt. 533), and Kingston-River Rd. (Rt. 605).

For Somerset County Pothole Reporting: — or email —

For Township Maintained Public Roads Only…
Montgomery Township has a Pothole Hotline so that residents can report pothole problems in the Township directly to road foreman Joe Kane.

The Montgomery Township Pothole Hotline number is 908-874-8947.

Pothole hotline calls are recorded every day and monitored Monday through Friday. If you wish to report a pothole on the weekend, please leave the information on the hotline unless you feel it warrants an emergency and requires immediate attention. If the pothole presents an immediate hazard, residents should contact the Montgomery Township Police Department at 908-359-3222. Resident reports are appreciated as they help township crews be aware of and correct problem situations.

Report a Street Light Out
PSE&G has an on-line form to report a street light or gas lamp out for PSE&G customers:

Link to Report a Street Light Out



The Montgomery Township Sewer Division consists of the Director of Wastewater Operations, Laboratory Supervisor, Senior Operators, Collection System Specialist, as well as Operators and Laborers.  Together they oversee operations and maintenance of six (6) advanced wastewater treatment facilities and twelve (12) sewage pumping stations as well as over 56 miles of wastewater lines. This staff is responsible with complying with very stringent New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES) standards. The Township laboratory is certified with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) for some of the monthly effluent compliance testing. The Sewer Utility performs most operations and maintenance internally but also relies on contractors for specific lab testing, equipment maintenance, and sewer line repairs/excavations.

The Sewer Division appreciates the cooperation of every resident utilizing the Township’s sewer system in not flushing items other than waste and tissue down drains.  Blockages, back-ups and costly repairs.  This handout explains more: