Mon – Fri: 8:30 – 4:00
Closed from 12–1pm

(609) 883-2900 
2 Jake Garzio Drive
Ewing, NJ 08628

Trash and Recycling

Residential Trash Pickup

Ewing Township has contracted with Interstate Waste Services, out of Teaneck, NJ, for residential trash pickup. The answers to frequently asked questions about trash pickup are listed below. If you have additional questions or concerns not addressed here, please contact our Public Works Department or IWS directly. Contact information is listed below.

Ewing Township Public Works
136 Scotch Road
Ewing, NJ 08628
(609) 882-3382
  IWS (Interstate Waste Services)
300 Frank W Burr Blvd. Suite 39
Teaneck, NJ 07666

Trash Collection Information

IWS staff are on the road between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Garbage should be placed at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on your scheduled collection day, and no earlier than sundown the evening prior to the collection day. Please do not put out trash in advance of that time; it is unsightly and a potential health hazard.  It also adds to the potential of increased litter.  Additionally, empty garbage cans must be removed from the curb by the end of the collection day.

Trash should be left in covered containers or heavy-duty plastic bags and not exceed 50 pounds each. Loose household items should be placed curbside in bags or cans (Please do not use cardboard boxes that can be recycled).

The garbage collection schedule is currently available in PDF format and via our Recycle Coach app for your phone or computer.

If your street name is not on the list or you need more information, please call Public Works at (609) 882-3382.

Additional Notes

  • Up to three bulk items will be picked up on your trash day.
  • Do not place large electronics such as TVs, computers, monitors, laptops at the curb for pickup. As of January 1, 2011 the Electronics Waste Management Act mandates that they be recycled. Electronics can be dropped off for recycling at the Department of Public Works, Waste Drop Off Convenience Center, located at 136 Scotch Road or residents can dispose of them at the MCIA's Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Electronics Recycling Events held periodically throughout the year.
  • Please allow additional time for trash pickup during inclement weather.
  • Holiday Pickup Schedule

A note about grass and brush...

Leaves and other yard waste should not be included in with your regular garbage, but placed in biodegradable paper bags, open containers, or tied and bundled as appropriate. Branches and limbs should be cut into 4’ lengths and securely tied in bundles with a total weight not exceeding 50 pounds. DPW staff will pick up a limited number of bags, but residents are always welcome and encouraged to bring them to Jack Stephan Way. 

Curbside Recycling

Curbside recycling in Ewing Township is handled by the Mercer County Improvement Authority. Most questions regarding curbside recyclables can be answered by visiting their site. MCIA maintains a quality FAQ as well as a list of items that can and cannot be recycled at the curb. If you need to contact them by phone please call 609-394-0100.

Recycling at the Curbside is conducted by the MCIA on alternate Tuesdays in Ewing. (2022 County-wide curbside schedule) All recyclables must be in official buckets and at the curb by 7:00 a.m. NO ITEMS IN PLASTIC BAGS WILL BE COLLECTED.

  • Reminder!  Only recycling placed in the County-provided yellow or green buckets will be picked up, due to an increase in contractor employee’s collection related injuries.  However recycling contractors will continue picking up all flattened cardboard outside of the County recycling buckets. 
  • For missed recycling collection call 609-278-8086. or submit electronically.
  • Replacement buckets may be picked up at Department of Public Works, Waste Drop Off Convenience Center, located at 136 Scotch Road. Please call first to ensure availability. (609- 882-3382). Buckets are also available to all Mercer County residents at Mercer County Connections, Route 33, Acme Shopping Center in Hamilton. Please call 609.890.9800 for bucket availability.

Ewing Recycling Programs

Ewing Township participates in the state-wide Recycle Coach program, a new customized website/app that provides customized collection calendars based upon your address. Learn more on our Recycle Coach page.

We also offer our own recycling programs, including residential brush drop-off and electronics recycling. Brush can be dropped off at the lot on Jack Stephen Way, off of Parkway Avenue and adjacent to the Naval Jet Propulsion Center. Electronics can no longer be placed out for curbside garbage pick up, but can be dropped off for recycling at the Department of Public Works, Waste Drop Off Convenience Center, located at 136 Scotch Road. More information regarding electronics recycling in New Jersey can be found at E-Cycle New Jersey.

For more information about what can be recycled in our area please see the Ewing Green Team's Ewing Recycles website.

Apartments and Business Recycling Requirements

 New Jersey's recycling law requires that businesses and apartments must recycle in accordance with local recycling ordinance regulations. Summonses may be issued to anyone who fails to comply with Ewing Township's Recycling Ordinance (Article III of the Solid Waste Ordinance - Recycling).

Apartment Residents 
Check with the management office at your complex to find out where drop-off areas are located and when collection service is offered.  

Business Owners 
Should maintain their property free of litter.  Recycling and providing the proper containers for recyclables will reduce litter and assist in keeping the area around your business more inviting while helping to maintain a better environment.

You are required to recycle the following materials:

  • Paper, including: Acceptable mixed paper | Corrugated cardboard | Office paper.
  •  Acceptable glass, plastic, and metal containers.
  • Tires.
  • White goods.
  • Batteries.
  • Leaves and Grass.  (see also our Leave the Leaves pages...)
  • Used motor oil.
  • Ferrous automotive scrap.