If you're busy installing a newly gifted television or computer and otherwise tossing the old model, state law says those and other "electronic wastes" must stay out of the garbage and instead be dropped off at recycling centers.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection released a statement this week reminding residents what the rules are, in place since Jan. 2011, specific to disposing of gadget such as e-readers, computer monitors, televisions and more.
"Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today reminded residents that televisions, computers, electronic tablets, e-book readers, and monitors that have been replaced by new electronic holiday gifts cannot be thrown out with the trash but must be taken to designated recycling collection points as required by state law," read the DEP statement.
Martin said the disposal of these electronics is "becoming routine" for residents to keep the items out of municipal garbage collection.
For the most part, county recycling centers accept these items. For Monmouth County, a list of locations is attached.
The nearest facility:
Railroad Avenue, Belmar Monday-Saturday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (closed Wednesdays)
For a complete list of items and other state DEP information on e-recycling, visit this site.