Garbage & Recycling

Image of a TreeInformation regarding garbage collection, recycling, bulk collection, and other services can be found in the Borough Calendar  link below.


Note: Due to the Coronavirus:

Saturday Recycling Drop Off

Recycling Center – Open with Restrictions

The Recycling Center is open with the following restrictions:

No one will be admitted to the DPW Facility without a mask.
Social distancing will be enforced.
DPW workers will not assist in removing recycling material from the vehicles
All vehicles will enter from the Park Place entrance and exit the driveway on Passaic Street

The DPW Recycling Center is accepting packing Styrofoam during drop off days on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month.  THEY ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING PLASTIC BAGS FOR RECYCLING (as of 7-22-20).

Garbage Collection

Collection will begin earlier at 3 AM.  Please have your garbage at the curb the night before your scheduled collection.

Brush Collection

Expect pickup delays during this pandemic.  Our contractors are experiencing staffing issues and garbage collection is their priority concern.  They will collect brush when they can. If your brush is not picked up on Monday, leave it out and it will be picked up – just keep it outside. Our trucks will not be able to get it all on Monday – they are short staffed.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Recycling Schedule

NOTE: Saturday Recycling drop off at Public Works – restrictions noted above.

Recycling will occur on alternating weeks between the east side and west side of the borough:

EAST side = Summit line to South St. (includes South St. even and Passaic St. odd numbered houses)

WEST side = Berkeley Heights line to South St. (includes South St. odd and Passaic St. even numbered houses)

Please see the 2020 Calendar for details


Giordano Recycling – 800-216-2250 (for missed recycling)

Garbage Collection – once per week – pickup day varies by street. See calendar below for exact dates.

Suburban Disposal – Email or leave a message at973-227-7020 (for missed garbage)

Grass/Garden Debris/Leaf pick up – every Monday from April through December.  See calendar below for exact dates.  Garden debris collection for 2019 is completed.

Suburban Disposal – Email or leave a message at 973-227-7020 (for missed garbage or garden debris pickup)

Recycling drop off at the Dept. of Public Works – electronics, appliances, metal, heavy plastic – 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, 9 AM – 1 PM .  See calendar below for exact dates. The Public Works yard is located at 4 Park Place off of Commonwealth Avenue (next to Oakwood Park).

Information regarding garbage collection, recycling, bulk collection, and other services can be found in the Borough Calendar link above.

Check out the new Recycle Coach for detailed  recycling information and a downloadable app!


See the complete Recyclable Materials List. All of the materials in the list may also be brought to the public works yard for recycling.  Please also learn about safe syringe and medical waste disposal.


NOTICE – Recycling Regulation Changes:

The recycling industry  is experiencing high levels of contamination. This is coming at a time when the requirements for quality (clean recycling) are increasing due to new policies in China. These policies have banned twenty-four types of materials and include strict quality standards.  These significant changes are affecting the recycling industry world-wide.

When non-recyclable items (contamination) end up in recycling loads, they have the potential to turn the entire load into trash and increase processing costs resulting in contamination and/or additional service charges.  Please review the list below of recycling changes:

Don’t bag your recyclables. Plastic bags and film get tangled in the machinery.

Don’t include food-soiled items– they can turn an entire load of recycling into trash.

Don’t add sharp or dangerous materials like needles and electronics – they can cause injury to workers.

Don’ t toss in “tanglers” like rubber hoses and wires – they can shut down an entire recycling

Don’t include bulky items like propane tanks or construction debris.

Thank you for your cooperation.  For additional tools on recycling, visit

Recycling Stickers

Stickers for recycling containers are available for free at the Municipal Center. They can be picked up at the Borough Clerk’s Office.

Union County Recycling

For all Union County Recycling Event Schedules CLICK HERE

Electronics and Appliances Recycling is also available at Best Buy

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