Recycling is mandatory by state law and municipal ordinance. This requires that all residences, apartment buildings, office buildings, restaurants, businesses and schools separate the materials that are listed below from their garbage.
Bottles and Cans
- Aluminum Cans
- Glass Bottles and Jars
- Plastic Bottles, jugs, and food containers (#1, #2, and #5)
DO NOT include glass cookware, drinking glasses, light bulbs, plate glass, or children's toys.
Paper and Cardboard
- Magazines, cereal boxes, junk mail, paperback books
- Mixed Office Paper - shredded paper must be in clear plastic bags or paper bags
- Corrugated Cardboard - Flattened and tied
DO NOT include pizza boxes, napkins, paper towels, hard-covered books, or gable-top containers.
Recyclables should be placed at the curb on the evening before your designated recycling day in a rigid, reusable container.
NO PLASTIC BAGS OF ANY KIND ARE PERMITTED IN RECYCLING.
Recycling collection takes place every week, alternating between PAPER AND CARDBOARD one week, COMMINGLED GLASS, PLASTIC and ALUMINUM on the other.
RECYCLING TYPES AND SCHEDULE
More information on the types of recycling can be seen at Township Of West Caldwell Solid Waste & Recycling News 2021.
For the 2021 Curbside Recycling Collection Schedule click here.
The Township provides leaf collection MARCH 15 through JUNE 30 and OCTOBER 1 through DECEMBER 31. Leaves must be placed at the curb in compostable paper bags on your first collection day of each week.
Grass clippings may be disposed of in plastic bags with regular trash at all times of the year. DO NOT include grass clippings in paper bags with leaves. Branches must be under 6 inches in diameter and 4 feet in length, and bundled for pick up on either of your garbage collection days.
USED MOTOR OIL, VEHICLE BATTERIES, OIL BASED PAINT
The County will accept these items and other hazardous waste at the Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Days held in May and October. Please see their website at www.ecuanj.com for more information and a complete list of what is accepted.
The next event is scheduled for TBD at 125 Fairview Avenue in Cedar Grove.
Latex (water-based) paint is not a hazardous waste and should be disposed of with your household waste. You must first dry the paint out. Adding kitty litter or speedy dry will make it dry more quickly. Once the paint is dry (no longer pourable) the can may be disposed of in the garbage, but leave the lid off so the hauler can see that the paint is dry.
T.V.S, COMPUTERS, AND OTHER ELECTRONICS
Many electronics must be recycled by law and will not be collected at the curb. This includes televisions, computers, laptops, notebooks, eReaders, tablets, etc.
The County holds Computer and Electronics Recycling Days in May and October. The next one is scheduled for TBD at 125 Fairview Avenue in Cedar Grove.