RESIDENTIAL / RECYCLING

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Here's what you can put in your regular recycling bin: 

  • Glass containers
  • Plastics 1-7
  • Tin containers (steel cans)
  • Aluminum containers
  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard
  • Paper 

Remember to rinse out all of your containers.

Don't let your recycling container weigh more than 35 pounds.  Let's give our recycling collectors a break!  

Pickups for recycling are every Monday.  

More details are at the Township's website.

Have some items that can't be included in regular recycling?

Check below to see where you can take it.  

Appliances and Electronics

Go to this great resource on recycling appliances and electronics for information on what you can do to responsibly dispose of used and/or broken appliances and electronics.  In addition, check out the "Electronic Items" section listed below.

Batteries

In January 2010, a number of New Jersey municipalities, Essex County among them, decided to limit the recycling of alkaline batteries.  Manufacturers have limited the amount of mercury where it is no longer considered hazardous.  

The state still requires the recycling of rechargeable batteries such as the ones that power your laptop, cell phones, cordless phone, digital camera, two-way radio, camcorder, remote control toys and portable power tools.  You can take these to the Department of Public Works at 359 Boyden Avenue.  You can also take car batteries to the DPW.  For a listing of local businesses that accept rechargeable batteries for recycling click here.  You can also stop by the following stores which accept rechargeable batteries for recycling: Radio Shack, Best Buy, Staples, Target, Office Max, Lowes, Home Depot, Sears, Walmart and Verizon Wireless.

If you have any questions please call 973-762-1175. 

For the Essex County's Guide to Proper Household Battery Management, click here.

Bulk Pick Up

Bulk Pick-Up (pickup of oversized items) is offered for both Waste Management and Waste Industries customers. Make sure you check the dates for the company which you use (Waste Management or Waste Industries).

Bulk Drop Off Days are available to Maplewood residents only at the Maplewood Recycling Center, 359 Boyden Ave.  Bulk Drop Off Days are June 6, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and September 19th, 2015 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  For more information, check out the Department of Public Works.

Cars

American Children's Cancer Association offers a $200 Visa gift card and a 3-day 2-night vacation voucher in exchange for donated cars.  You can also get a tax deduction.

Cars to Cure Breast Cancer is a non-profit that will take your donated vehicle (car, motorcycle, SUV, RV, or boat) and give the proceeds. to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  You will receive the maximum possible charity deduction.  Vehicles do not need to be in running condition.  Free pickup.  

Vehicles for Veterans accepts donated vehicles.  You can help disabled veterans by donating a car, truck, boat, RV, ATV, or motorcycle, whether the vehicle runs or not. Your vehicle donation helps them to upport veterans' programs that provide strength and encouragement to disabled veterans.  Donations are tax deductible and pickup is at no charge.

Wheels for Wishes is a non-profit that will take your donated vehicle and give the proceeds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Free pickup and towing of your vehicle is available, whether or not it is running.  All donations are 100% tax deductible.   

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs)

You need to take care when disposing of CFLs.  You can take them to the Maplewood Department of Public Works (359 Boyden Avenue) or to any Home Depot store.  

Cooking Oil (used)

You can take your used cooking oil to the Department of Public Works (359 Boyden Avenue).  There is a large container there and you can just pour in the used cooking oil from your household or business.  This service is drop-off only.  

Electronic Items

Maplewood and South Orange both have electronic recycling dates and residents can go to either facility.  The Maplewood facility is at the Maplewood Department of Public Works (359 Boyden Avenue) and the South Orange facility is at the South Orange Recycling Center at 300 Walton Avenue (right below the Jersey Animal Coalition).  All are Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon at the recycling centers.
2017 Electronic Recycling Dates
Maplewood
              South Orange
February 18               April 22
June 10                      August 19
Oct. 7                         Dec. 16

You can also check out this site for information on recycling electronics and appliances.

Electronic Items Accepted At the Recycling Center:
CRT TV's & Monitors                  
Hard Drives
Microwaves, Toaster Ovens     
Metal Cased Audio
LCD, LED, & Plasma TV's            
Cable Boxes
LCD, LED Monitor's                    
Printers, Toner Cartridges
Computers (desktop, laptop)   
Cell Phones, Pagers, Chargers
Servers, Modems, Routers          
Copy Machines, Fax Machines, Scanners
Audio & Video Equipment            
Rechargeable Batteries (Ni-Cad)

Electronic Items Not Accepted At the Recycling Center:
No Alkaline Batteries
No Household Hazardous Waste
No Materials Containing Liquids                      
No Radioactive materials        
No PCB Containing Materials
No CDs, DVDs, VHS Tapes, or Cassette Tapes
No Light Bulbs (LED, CFL, Incandescent)No Scavenged CRT TV's Monitors (containing broken glass or broken housing)
No Mercury Containing Devices (thermostats, medical devices, thermometers)
No Smoke Detectors
No Light Bulbs of any kind

Mercury Thermostats

Woolley Fuel in Maplewood (12 Burnett Avenue) is an official collection point for wall-mount mercury-switch thermostats.  More information is available here.  

Packing Peanuts

You're so happy when you get that package and then you look at all the styrofoam that your beautiful gift or purchase was packaged in.  What to do?  Some nearby alternatives for recycling styrofoam are --

Foam Pack Industries in Springfield will recycle your styrofoam/polystyrene.  You can call 973-376-3700 or go to their website.  

Another alternative is to contact the Alliance of Foam Packing Recyclers and mail in your styrofoam/polystyrene for recycling.  

You can also take your packing peanuts to Rocket Ship & Print in South Orange.

Paint Cans

Here are some tips on how to recycle and dispose of latex/water-based paint.  

Plastic Bags

You can take plastic bags to most of our local grocery stores.

Refrigerators and Freezers

Don't know what to do with that old refrigerator or freezer now that you've bought your new energy-efficient model?  Have an old fridge in the basement or garage you never use and want to reduce your energy bill?  You can recycle those old clunkers!  Go here for more information.

Scrap Metal

Have some scrap metal and don't know how to dispose of it?  Take it to the Maplewood Department of Public Works (359 Boyden Avenue) or call the DPW between May 1st and October 13th to schedule a curbside pickup.  It's that easy!

Shred It Day

On April 8, 2017,  and October 21, 2017, you can bring your personal and confidential papers for shredding to the Maplewood Recycling Center at 359 Boyden Avenue in Maplewood.  The Shred-It truck will be there from 8:00 a.m. until noon or until the truck is filled, whichever comes first.

Styrofoam/Polystyrene

You're so happy when you get that package and then you look at all the styrofoam that your beautiful gift or purchase was packaged in.  What to do?  Some nearby alternatives for recycling styrofoam are --

Foam Pack Industries in Springfield will recycle your styrofoam/polystyrene.  You can call 973-376-3700 or go to their website.  

Another alternative is to contact the Alliance of Foam Packing Recyclers and mail in your styrofoam/polystyrene for recycling.  

As mentioned above, you can take your packing peanuts to Rocket Ship & Print in South Orange.