Garbage, Recycling and Property Maintenance

Moving Out in May?

Join Project Move Out!

Rutgers University and the City of New Brunswick are partnering in Project Move Out, a program to recover discarded furniture, appliances, electronics, and textiles in order to keep these items out of landfills and reduce out carbon footprint.  Project Move Out provides for the drop off of bulk items ONLY. 

Check your lease for any provisions about your responsibilities for garbage and recycling removal and other property maintenance requirements such as leaf and snow removal. Often landlords have property managers or other persons responsible for property maintenance. You should understand who is responsible for taking garbage and recycling to the curb or who will remove snow from the sidewalk.

Most ordinances hold the homeowner responsible for snow removal. However, if you and your landlord have not established who is responsible for removing snow, you might run into problems later especially if your lease stipulates that the tenant is responsible for snow removal. Towns often have fines for improper garbage removal or failure to clean snow from the sidewalk in a timely manner.

For information on garbage collection and recycling schedules, call your local Department of Public Works.


Recycling is mandatory in New Jersey. Each town has different regulations for items that can and cannot be recycled. Check with your town for specific information.


New Brunswick

Highland Park