The following materials are accepted at the recycling center. For items eligible for curbside collection, please note packaging requirements and/or restrictions before leaving materials out for pickup.
Includes newspapers and inserts, magazines, catalogs, paperback books, phone books, ads, postcards, junk mail, envelopes, office paper, greeting cards, wrapping paper, paper bags, cardboard/corrugated paper materials, cereal boxes, gift boxes, scrap paper, paper cups, paper towel cores, toilet tissue rolls. Flatten all corrugated cardboard. Do not tie, bind, or bundle paper - just put all loose paper into the same recycling container with all of the other materials.
Includes household plastic containers numbered 1, 2, and 5, juice boxes, and other wax-coated beverage cartons. For plastic bottles/containers, remove caps or lids and rinse clean. The smallest acceptable plastic container is an 8-ounce yogurt cup; do not recycle small plastic caps or pill bottles.
Accepted at the recycling center but not eligible for curbside collection are rigid plastics like children's large plastic toys, spackle/5-gallon buckets with handles removed, laundry baskets, soda and milk crates, plastic pet carriers, kitty litter buckets, plastic storage containers, plastic shelving, outdoor furniture, empty and dry plastic paint cans, and plastic garbage and recycling containers.
Plastics coded Number 3, Number 4, Number 6, and Number 7 are not accepted, nor are plastic bags or containers that previously held petrochemicals or hazardous materials.
Includes aluminum and steel/tin cans, aluminum foil, foil trays, foil juice pouches, pie plates, and rinse clean.
Accepted at the recycling center but not eligible for curbside collection is scrap metal like lawn chair frames, filing cabinets, tools, window frames, metal railings, nails, and some small appliances. Strip all non-metal materials. Consult with recycling center attendants before leaving any scrap material.
Includes glass bottles and jars. Remove caps/lids, empty, and rinse all containers. No drinking glasses, ceramic dinnerware, crystal, light bulbs, plates, window glass, mirrors, or lab (test tubes) glass.
Automobile, truck, and bike tires. Remove steel rims. Limit 4 per resident if bringing to the recycling center. Curbside collection is limit 1 per pickup; call the health department at 973-989-7050 for pickup.
Large household appliances (stoves, refrigerators, washers, dryers, dishwashers, etc.). No special handling required. Curbside collection is available year-round by advance arrangement. To have one or more of these items removed, all you need to do is call the health department at 973-989-7050. There is a fee of $30 per item.
Rechargeable batteries must be recycled. Drop-off boxes are located at the recycling center and health department. Lead-acid car and motorcycle batteries will be accepted at the recycling center.
Button batteries still contain hazardous elements such as mercury and should be disposed of at a household hazardous waste event; they will not be accepted at the recycling center.
Alkaline batteries such as AAA, AA, C, D, and 9-volt batteries now fall below federal and state hazardous waste standards and should be thrown out with your household trash.
Basic yard debris. Maximum acceptable branch size is 4 feet long by 4 inches in diameter. Branches that meet specified size requirements are accepted at the recycling center year-round. Please, no stumps.
Non-profit drop-boxes are next to the attendant's office. If the boxes are full, please notify the attendant. Do not leave food donations in these boxes.
A drop-off receptacle for the disposal of home electronics is available at the recycling center. Accepted electronics include the following: televisions, computers, monitors, laptops, computer peripherals such as keyboards and mice, fax machines, VCRs, and radios. Absolutely no curbside collection.
Unbroken lights only. See recycling attendant for proper disposal.
Grass clippings may be dropped off at the recycling center on weekends only. No other lawn debris. Put in containers (bags, garbage cans). Must bring to recycling center; no curbside collection.
Glass thermometers containing mercury may be disposed of at the health department which has a receptacle for the collection of this common household item. The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MCMUA) will retrieve them when necessary at no cost to the township.
The majority of prohibited materials not accepted at the recycling center may be brought to the Mt. Olive Transfer Station on Gold Mine Road. You will need to call and make a drop-off appointment with them. If generated in Morris County, this material is required to go to the MCMUA transfer station if it is being disposed of. Hazardous and non-hazardous waste, regulations, special handling, and fees are explained in detail on the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MCMUA) website. If you have questions about household hazardous waste disposal, call the MCMUA at 973.829.8006. Note: there is a small fee to drop off some materials and payment is required by check, not cash or credit card. In addition, the MCMUA holds a number of household hazardous waste events during the year. Check its website for dates, times, and places.
Items not accepted at the recycling center:
- automobile fluids
- biohazardous waste
- button batteries
- construction materials
- driveway sealer/tar
- electronic waste
- motor oil
- oil-based paints/stains
- pool chemicals
- propane tanks
- smoke detectors
Ineligible materials are simply those that are not recycled and are safe to include with regular household trash. Please note, however, that the following types of containers must be completely empty before being disposed of: motor oil, antifreeze, gasoline, kerosene, and latex paint.
Items not recycled; dispose of with your regular trash:
- plastic Number 3, Number 4, Number 6 and Number 7
- plastic bags
- small medicine bottles
- flower pots
- plastic CD cases
- VHS/VCR tapes
- to-go containers
- waxed paper
- waxed cardboard
- hardcover books
- stickers/address label sheet waste
- window glass
- drinking glasses
- light bulbs
- oven cookware
- motor oil containers
- antifreeze containers
- gasoline containers
- kerosene containers
- latex paint
- alkaline batteries
- fabrics or clothing