Mandated Materials to Recycle
Materials Mandated to Be Source Separated & Recycled
In the State of New Jersey, recycling is required by law. Instructions on how to recycle each material listed are provided below. No container should exceed 35 gallons in capacity or 50 pounds in weight. Containers and materials placed at curbside for collection should be placed at the curb, never in the roadway.
Dual Stream Recycling - Curbside Collection Every Wednesday
These items should have their tops removed, be rinsed out, and placed in a container at the curb but not in the roadway. Containers should not exceed 35 gallons in capacity or 50 pounds in weight.
- Aluminum Cans / Plates, Trays and Foil - Cans, plates, or trays that are made from aluminum and were manufactured to hold a serving of beverage, pie, cake etc., aluminum foil is also included.
- Glass Bottles and Jars - Bottles and jars made from glass including clear, brown and green glass. A bottle is defined as a receptacle having a narrow neck and a mouth that can be corked or capped. Ajar is defined as a wide mouthed container that can be capped. Caps and lids not included. Specifically omitted from this definition are drinking glasses, windows, mirrors, light bulbs, and anything made of Pyrex® or ceramic.
- Plastic (coded“1”, “2”, and “5”) - Any plastic coded with a number 1, 2 or 5. Caps and lids not included unless the cap or lid is an acceptable plastic labeled (1, 2 or 5). Empty bottles which contained hazardous materials, such as motor oil, antifreeze, etc. should not be recycled.
- Steel (Tin) Cans - An air-tight container for the distribution or storage of goods, composed of thin, usually ferrous, metal. Examples are soup cans and tuna-fish cans.
- Newspaper - A publication containing news, information and advertising, usually printed on low-cost paper called newsprint. Newspaper may include glossy inserts (circulars) which come with the paper.
Newspaper must be placed in a rigid container with other single stream materials and placed at the curb but not in the roadway.
- Corrugated Cardboard - Shipping containers (boxes) made with kraft paper linerboard and corrugated medium.
Cardboard should be separated with paper for dual stream collection.
- Mixed Paper - Various categories of recyclable paper including, but not limited to white and colored paper used in printers, photocopiers and fax machines, white and colored ledger paper, carbonless copy paper, construction paper, undeliverable mail, mailed promotional letters/advertisements/circulars (Junk Mail), magazines, catalogues, envelopes, soft cover books, telephone books.
Covered Electronics Recycling
- Covered Electronic Devices - Personal computers, computer monitors, portable computers and televisions.
Note: As per state law, Covered Electronic Devices cannot be thrown out in the trash and must be recycled. Residents can recycle them through the MC MUA's Household Hazardous Waste Program, or find other means to recycle them.
Vegetative Waste (Leaves, Grass Clippings, Brush)
Curbside Collection April through December on the first scheduled garbage pickup of the week.
Leaves - Vegetative material, typically generated in the autumn when they fall from trees and then are raked from residents' and/or commercial lawns.
Leaves must be either placed in rigid, garbage type, containers or biodegradable bags (paper only) at the curb but not in the roadway. Do not pile loose leaves along the side of the road.
Grass Clippings - Vegetative material generated when grass (lawns) are cut.
Grass Clippings must be either placed in rigid, garbage type, containers or biodegradable bags (paper only) at the curb but not in the roadway. Do not pile grass clippings along the side of the road.
Brush - Branches, woody plants and other similar vegetative material.
Brush can be bundled for collection with the maximum bundle size being two (2) feet in diameter, four (4) feet in length and weighing no more than fifty (50) pounds. Brush must be prepared so that each bundle can be handled by one person and branches must not exceed four (4) inches in diameter.
Christmas Trees - Trees will typically be picked up town-wide on the second and third Fridays in January.
All ornaments, decorations, and tinsel must be removed from the tree and it should be placed at the curb but not in the roadway. Do not place trees in bags of any kind.
"White Goods" / Metal Appliances
- White Goods / Metal Appliances - Appliances composed predominantly of metal. Examples may include stoves, washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, air conditioners, lawn mowers and dehumidifiers as long as they are primarily made of metal.
Mandated to be Source Separated and Recycled that are not Collected at Curbside
- Natural Wood Waste - Logs, stumps, branches and other wood tree parts. Dimensional lumber is omitted from inclusion in this definition.
- Oil-Contaminated Soil - Non-hazardous soil that contains petroleum hydrocarbons (gasoline, diesel, kerosene, jet fuel, No. 4 and No. 6 heating oils and certain other refinery products including coal tar). This type of soil shall be determined to be non-hazardous in accordance with the standards set forth in N.J.A.C. 7:26. Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MC MUA) Website
- Used Motor Oil - Motor oil from motor vehicles, lawnmowers, boats, etc., which has served its intended useful purpose.
This can be recycled, by residents, at a local gas station, the MC MUA Household Hazardous Waste Facility located in at the Mount Olive Transfer Station, or at a scheduled MC HHW Disposal Day.
- Lead-Acid Batteries - Storage batteries in which the electrodes are grids of lead containing lead oxides that change in composition during charging and discharging, and the electrolyte is dilute sulfuric acid. These include starting batteries such as car batteries that deliver a short burst of high power to start the engine. In addition, they may include deep cell batteries found on boats or campers used to power accessories like trolling motors, winches or lights.
This can be recycled by residents at the MCMUA Household Hazardous Waste Facility located at the Mount Olive Transfer Station by appointment or at a scheduled MCMUA HHW Disposal Day.
- Hazardous Dry Cell Batteries - Rechargeable batteries, such as nickel-cadmium, nickel-iron, nickel metal hydride, lithium ion, small sealed lead acid, etc. These are often used as substitutes for non-rechargeable batteries in standard sizes such as AAA, AA, C, D and 9V. Rechargeable batteries are commonly found in cordless tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, cameras, remote controls, toys, etc.
Hazardous Dry Cell Batteries can be recycled, by residents, at the MC MUA Household Hazardous Waste Facility located in at the Mount Olive Transfer Station or at a scheduled MC HHW Disposal Day.
- Whole Tires - Tires that are whole, not chipped into small pieces. Tires must be recycled and/or incinerated for energy recovery.
Whole Tires can be recycled of at a local tire retailer.
- Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) - Compact fluorescent light bulbs can be disposed of, by residents, at the MC MUA Household Hazardous Waste Facility located in at the Mount Olive Transfer Station, at a scheduled MC HHW Disposal Day, or at numerous large home improvement stores.
- Oil Based Paint - This can be recycled at the MC MUA Household Hazardous Waste Facility located in at the Mount Olive Transfer Station or at a scheduled MC HHW Disposal Day.
- Water Based Paint - Water based paint can be disposed of by removing the lid, allowing it to dry Completely and thrown out with the regular garbage.