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Montclair Township

Recycling Information

Recycling Information
Department of Community Services

Many residents may not know that recycling is the law in New Jersey. In Montclair, we recognize that it’s important for many other reasons. Recycling reduces waste, saves tax dollars and conserves energy by giving previously used natural resources a new life. Montclair provides extensive recycling services, the most notable being weekly curbside collection of “mixed paper” and “commingled” recyclables (i.e. metal, plastic and glass). In addition, various drop-off opportunities for these and other recyclables are provided at the Public Works Center, located at 219 North Fullerton Avenue.

Below is a summary of the items accepted for weekly curbside collection, followed by a brief itemized listing of other recyclables accepted by the Township of Montclair. For pick-up schedules, see below. Questions should be directed to the Department of Community Services at 973-509-5711.

COMMINGLED:

The following items are commingled recyclables and must be recycled:
Rinsed containers including: plastic containers marked 1 & 2 (no Styrofoam or bags) that contained beverages, bleach, laundry detergent, light cleaning product, health care product (lotion, shampoo, etc.) and food products are acceptable, aseptic packaging (i.e. single serving juice/drink boxes). Metal cans and glass bottles and/or jars that contained food or beverages are also accepted.

Unacceptable products:
Window glass, ceramics, Pyrex®, mirrors, headlights, TV tubes, light bulbs, plate glass, drinking glasses, plastic cups, ceramic mugs or bottle tops, foil trays or pie pans, aluminum foil, Styrofoam food trays, siding, paint cans, gutters, oil cans, aerosol cans, pesticide containers, automotive product containers, toys, beverage cartons (accepted as mixed paper), pots and pans, plastic bags.

How to place out for curbside collection:
Containers must be rinsed clean, plastics only must be flattened and all placed loosely in a rigid plastic or metal container with handles, no larger than 35 gal. No other method is acceptable!

How/when commingled recyclables are collected:
Commingled recyclables are picked up at curbside on the designated weekly collection day for your area. Consult your Town Planner calendar or call 973-509-5711 for additional information. They may also be brought to the Public Works Center, 219 North Fullerton Avenue on Wednesday or Friday between 2 and 4 p.m. or Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

MIXED PAPER:

The following items are considered mixed paper and must be recycled:
Newspaper; cardboard (except wax-coated cardboard boxes); magazines; catalogues; all office paper with or without staples; envelopes (with or without windows); poly-laminated paper beverage cartons (containing juice, drinks, or milk, etc.); paper bags; junk mail; post cards; greeting cards; math and composition paper; paperback books; hard cover books (hard covers removed); phone books; real estate books; coupons; sweepstakes mailings; and packing paper.

Unacceptable paper products:
Pizza boxes; food contaminated paper and/or boxes; soiled paper; waxed paper, photographic paper; food wrappers; wax paper; box liners; napkins; paper towels; tissue paper; self-adhesive envelopes; carbon paper; hard covers from books; plasticized overnight letter envelopes; blueprint paper; construction paper; metallic wrapping paper; wax-coated cardboard.
How to place out for curbside collection:

Cardboard boxes must be flattened and tied into bundles no larger than 3 ft. by 3 ft. Any non-paper packaging must be removed. All other paper may be placed in either a rigid plastic or metal container with handles, no larger than 35 gallons or tied with twine in bundles no larger than one (1) ft. high. No other method is acceptable!
How/when mixed paper is collected:

Mixed paper is picked up at curbside on the designated weekly collection day for your area. Consult your Town Planner calendar or call 973-509-5711 for additional information. It may also be brought to the Public Works Center, 219 North Fullerton Avenue on Wednesday or Friday between 2 and 4 p.m. or Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

INFORMATION ABOUT RECYCLING OF SPECIFIC HOUSEHOLD AND GARDEN ITEMS:

APPLIANCES:
Curbside pickup of HOUSEHOLD appliances is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. There is a $10 fee for items containing CFCs, including refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners, payable in advance at the Public Works Center (219 North Fullerton Avenue). Items must be placed at the curb NO EARLIER THAN 6 P.M. OF THE DAY PRECEDING SCHEDULED PICKUP. Items placed after 7 a.m. of the scheduled day may be missed, which will require a new appointment. To schedule an appliance pickup and obtain a permit, please visit the Department of Community Services at 219 North Fullerton Avenue, Montclair. For more information, please call (973) 509-5711.

BATTERIES:
Standard alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D or 9-volt) are NOT acceptable for recycling in Montclair. These batteries may be discarded with household refuse. Other batteries, such as rechargeable Ni-Cad, Ni-MH and Li-ion used in small electronics, are considered household hazardous waste and may NOT be discarded with household refuse. These items must be brought to the Essex County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day – call 973-857-2350, ext. 140 for more information). Rechargeable batteries may also be brought to the Radio Shack, 1 Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair.

BOXBOARD:
Boxboard or “gray cardboard” is accepted for recycling in Montclair. Examples of boxboard include writing pad backs, non-contaminated cupboard-type boxes (i.e. cereal, cake mix or cookies with plastic/wax-paper liners removed); and merchandise boxes from packaged goods. See “MIXED PAPER” for collection details.

BULKY WASTE:
Items such as mattresses, box springs, bath tubs, commodes, porcelain sinks, furniture, large metal items, etc. are generally not recyclable. Up to three of these items may be placed curbside for monthly collection on the designated day for your area. Please call 973-509-5711 for any additional information.

CANS (ALUMINUM, BI-METAL, AND METAL):
Metal containers commonly used for beverages and food products only are accepted for recycling. See “COMMINGLED” for collection details.

CARDBOARD: All cardboard, without any wax coating, is accepted for recycling in Montclair. Wax-coated cardboard is NOT acceptable for recycling. Cardboard must be flattened and tied into bundles no larger than 3 ft. x 3 ft. when placed at the curb. See “MIXED PAPER” for collection details.

DRINK BOXES:
These single-serving aseptic beverage containers are acceptable for recycling in Montclair. They should be emptied and the straw removed for collection. See “COMMINGLED” for collection details.

ELECTRONICS:
The Department of Community Services has added electronics and computer equipment to the list of materials accepted at the Recycling Drop-Off Center on Wednesdays and Fridays 2:00pm – 4:00pm and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The DCS yard is located at 219 N. Fullerton Avenue.

Items accepted: include: central processing units(CPUs), circuit boards, disc drives, integrated circuits (ICs), mainframes, modems, monitors, printers, processors, tape drives, telephone systems, wire & cables, cell phones, VCR/CD/DVD players, cell phones, radios, televisions (no big-screens or consoles), laptops, keyboards, mice, stereos, camcorders, electronic games, microwave ovens, vacuum cleaners, toasters, blenders, and lamps (bulbs removed).

The electronics and computer equipment drop-off will be open to residents only - electronics/computer equipment will not be accepted from businesses.
For further information concerning the Township of Montclair’s computer and electronics recycling program, please call 973-509-5711.

GLASS BOTTLES:
Clear, amber, and green glass bottles and jars normally used to contain beverage and food products are accepted for recycling in Montclair. Containers should be emptied and rinsed before recycling collection or drop off. See “COMMINGLED” for collection details

GRASS CLIPPINGS:
Grass clippings are recycled in Montclair from May to October. Clippings may be placed curbside in biodegradable paper bags or loose in a rigid container with handles, no larger than 35 gallons. Plastic bags are NOT acceptable for curbside collection of grass clippings.

LEAVES:
Leaves are accepted for recycling in Montclair during the fall and spring collection periods which are generally from mid-October through the end of December and the entire month of April. Per Township Ordinance 292-26B adopted by the Township Council on October 11, 2005, loose leaves may no longer be raked into the street for collection. Leaves must now be placed curbside in BIODEGRADABLE PAPER BAGS ONLY for pickup on the regular weekly recycling day. Plastic bags are NOT acceptable.

MAGAZINES:
All magazines are accepted for recycling in Montclair. See “MIXED PAPER” for collection details.

MILK/JUICE CARTONS:
These poly-laminated paper beverage containers are acceptable for recycling in Montclair. They should be emptied, rinsed and flattened for collection. See “MIXED PAPER” for collection details.
MISCELLANEOUS VEGETATIVE WASTE:
Branches are defined as any tree, bush or shrub parts less than one (1) inch in diameter. Branches must be cut in lengths of 36-inches or less and must be securely bundled. Bundles cannot weigh more than 25 pounds each.

MOTOR OIL:
The Township has a listing of facilities in Montclair that accept used motor oil. NJ law requires service stations, other oil vendors, and DMV Re-inspection stations with special tanks to accept up to 5 gallons of used motor oil. Call 973-509-5711 for more information.

NEWSPAPER:
All newsprint is accepted for recycling in Montclair. See “MIXED PAPER” for collection details.

PAPER PRODUCTS:
Household and office paper including bond, stationary, fax paper; envelopes (with or without windows); tab cards and manila folders; greeting cards and postcards; merchandise boxes from packaged goods; math and composition paper; hard cover books (covers must be removed); soft cover (paperback) books; paper bags; phone books; real estate books; coupons and junk mail. See “MIXED PAPER” for collection details.

PLASTICS:
Plastic containers coded 1-PETE or 2-HDPE, not exceeding one gallon, which contained soda, milk, juice, water, bleach, laundry detergent and light cleaning products are acceptable. Montclair does not accept Styrofoam, plastic bags, pesticide, motor oil, or antifreeze containers. See “COMMINGLED” for collection details.

TIRES:
Tires (up to 1100 series) are accepted for recycling in Montclair. There is a fee of $2.00 per tire without the rim; $5.00 per tire with rim, payable in advance. Fees may be paid on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tires may only be dropped off at the Public Works Center, 219 North Fullerton Avenue on Wednesday or Friday between 2 and 4 p.m. or Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. NOTE: fees cannot be collected on Saturday when the office is closed.
Residential recyclables are collected curbside on one day each week, depending on the Collection Area in which the residence is located. For the purpose of recycling collection, the Township is divided into four (4) “areas”, displayed in the Areas Map found below:
Area A: Thursdays
Area B: Mondays
Area C: Tuesdays
Area D: Wednesdays