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Trash & Recycling Schedule

BOROUGH OF NEW MILFORD’S
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS (DPW)
&
THE RECYCLING CENTER

LOCATION
930 Columbia Street (behind Borough Hall & adjacent to Swim Club).
 
CONTACTS
Michael A. Calamari – Acting Superintendent, DPW
Julia M. Burdge – Recycling Coordinator /Administrative Assistant
DPW Office Phone: 201-967-8172
DPW. Fax: 201-967-1741
 
HOURS OF OPERATION
DPW.: Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Recycling Center: Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
 
HOLIDAYS
The DPW/Recycling Center will be closed on the following dates:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday
  • President's Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day (Sometimes also the day after. Please refer to the Recyling Calendar.)
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day and day after
  • Christmas Day

HOLIDAYS OBSERVED FOR SOLID WASTE & RECYCLING COLLECTIONS
Please check your Recycling Calendar for changes to scheduled collections due to Holidays.
 
INCLEMENT WEATHER
Solid waste or recycling collection may be cancelled due to ice or snow storms, high winds, heavy rains or other weather-related factors. In this case, remove all materials from the curb. Service will resume on your next scheduled collection day.
 
MISSED COLLECTIONS
Residents should call the DPW Office at 201-967-8172 for all missed collections.


LEAF/VEGETATIVE WASTE PICK-UP
UNTIL OCTOBER 29TH
  • Utilize grass curbside pick-up EVERY WEDNESDAY - Borough-wide, through  Wednesday, 10/29/14.
  • Place in paper bags (absolutely no plastic bags) or recycling cans.

Please Note:  Per Borough Regulations and Ordinance, ANY recyclable materials placed in plastic bags or recycling containers that contain plastic bags will NOT be picked up.  The ONLY acceptable plastic items for recycling are those marked with a 1, 2 or 5.  All other plastic items marked 3, 4, 6 or 7 should be placed in REGULAR GARBAGE.

 RecycleHOW CAN YOU RECYCLE?
For New Milford residents, the Borough provides a curbside recycling collection program and also operates a Recycling Center located at 930 Columbia Street (behind the Borough Hall, adjacent to the Swim Club). 
 
RECYCLING CALENDARS
Calendars outlining specific collection dates are mailed to residents during December and early January. Replacement calendars are available at the DPW Office, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  The calendar is also posted on the Borough’s website.
 
RECYCLING CONTAINERS
New homeowners are provided with one yellow recycling container, free of charge, for comingled recycling collection use.  Replacement or additional recycling cans may be purchased at the DPW Office, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for a cost of $7.00.  

THE FOLLOWING MATERIALS CAN BE PLACED FOR CURBSIDE COLLECTION.
PLEASE NOTE THESE ITEMS ARE COLLECTED CURBSIDE ONLY AND THEY ARE NOT ACCEPTED AT THE RECYCLING CENTER.

 Please refer to the Borough’s Recycling Calendar for specific collection dates.
  1. GRASS, PLANT CLIPPINGS AND VEGETATIVE PLANT WASTE
  • Collected every Wednesday, April through October.
  • Material should be placed in paper bags or garbage cans.
  • Curbside collection only for grass clippings. The Recycling Center cannot accept grass clippings at any time.
  • Residents are encouraged to recycle grass clippings by leaving grass clippings on the lawn when mowing. Once cut, grass clippings first dehydrate, then decompose, quickly disappearing from view. The benefits are clear: encourages a healthier lawn by returning nutrients to the soil beneath the lawn; reduces work because you don’t have to bag or rake and dispose of your clippings; saves you money because you don’t have to pay for disposal of your clippings; and benefits the environment by naturally recycling the clippings.
  1. LEAF COLLECTION PROGRAM
  • Collected from approximately November 1 through December 31.
  • Residents have two options to participate in the leaf collection program:
(1)   Rake leaves to curbside for collection. Rake leaves to the curb line, not to the middle of the street. Leaves raked to the middle of the street will cause serious traffic hazards. Remove all brush, branches, yard waste and garbage. Do not block storm water catch basins. Leaves must be ten feet (10') from catch basins pursuant to NJ Storm water Regulations.

(2)   Bag your leaves in biodegradable paper bags and place at curbside for collection.

Curbside collection only for leaves. The Recycling Center cannot accept leaves at any time.
 


THE FOLLOWING MATERIALS CAN BE PLACED FOR CURBSIDE COLLECTION OR RESIDENTS CAN CHOOSE TO BRING THESE ITEMS TO
THE RECYCLING CENTER

Please refer to the Borough’s Recycling Calendar for specific collection dates.
WHAT DO THE RECYCLING NUMBERS MEAN?

1. COMINGLED MATERIALS (BOTTLES & CANS)
  • Collected alternate Thursdays.
  • Rinse containers and remove metal rings and caps.
  • Materials can be mixed.
  • Garbage and recycling cans and plastic outdoor toys are not recyclable and should be disposed of with regular garbage.  It is suggested that a sign be put on the item indicating that the item is garbage.
  • Ceramics, crystals, drinking glasses, window panes, light bulbs and mirrors are not recyclable and should be placed in regular garbage.
 
EXAMPLES:
Glass (all colors): Food and beverage glass containers and jars.
Aluminum Cans: Soda and beer cans.
Tin/Bi-Metal Cans: Dog and cat food cans.
Plastic Containers: Identified with the triangle-shaped recycling logo and a small #1 or #2 are PET-HDPE recyclable. Typical uses are milk, soda, shampoo and detergent bottles.

 
  1. NEWSPAPERS, LIGHT CORRUGATED, CARDBOARD, JUNK MAIL, HIGH GRADE AND MIXED PAPERS
  • Collected alternate Thursdays.
  • Place newspapers in brown paper grocery-type bags (do not use plastic bags) or tie in bundles using string.
  • Cardboard/paper bundles should be tied with string and weigh no more than 40 lbs.
  • Boxes should be broken down flat.
  • Remove hardcovers from books.
 
EXAMPLES:
Light cardboard: Cereal, cake, pasta and tissue boxes.
Junk mail and paper: Periodicals, envelopes, glossy inserts, magazines, office paper and stationery.


3.   WHITE GOODS (APPLIANCES)/METAL ITEMS
  • Collected on the first and third Wednesday of the month.
  • Please telephone the DPW to schedule a pick-up at least one day prior to collection day.
 
EXAMPLES:
Washing machines, dryers, stoves, refrigerators (door removed), water heaters, metal sinks/tubs, irons, air conditioners, treadmills, metal bed frames, humidifiers, lawnmowers, barbeque grills (propane tank removed), garbage disposals/compactors, metal fencing and poles (without cement attached), leaders and gutters, metal doors, pool fixtures, metal yard sheds, metal swing sets.

 
4.   CONSUMER ELECTRONICS
  • Consumer Electronics are collected the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month.
  • Please telephone the DPW to schedule a pick-up at least one day prior to collection day.
 
EXAMPLES:
Computer monitors, keyboards, scanners, CPUs, speakers, modems, printers, power sources, hard drives, lap tops, televisions, VCRs, stereo equipment, fax and copy machines.

 
  1. BRANCH COLLECTION
  • Collected every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month
  • Please telephone the DPW to schedule a pick-up at least one day prior to collection day.
  • Branches must be cut into 3 ft lengths, bundled and tied with string or placed in garbage cans.
  1. CHRISTMAS TREE COLLECTION
  • Curbside collection of *Christmas trees will be the second week of the month of January. 
*Please remove the following items from your Christmas trees before setting out for collection:  plastic bags, strings of lights, ornaments, tinsel, tree stands and nails.
reuse reduce recycleTHE RECYCLING CENTER
 
Hours:  Monday - Saturday, 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Closed Sundays and holidays.
Please do not leave any items outside the gate when the Recycling Center is closed.

 
 
ACCEPTABLE ITEMS FOR THE RECYCLING CENTER
 
THERE ARE SPECIFIC COLLECTION CONTAINERS/AREAS AT THE RECYCLING CENTER FOR THESE ITEMS. UNLESS INDICATED, THESE ITEMS MUST BE BROUGHT BY RESIDENTS TO THE RECYCLING CENTER.
ELECTRONICS, COMPUTERS, WHITE WARE (HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES), METAL ITEMS, PAPER, CARDBOARD, NEWSPAPERS AND COMINGLED ITEMS
Residents can also choose curb-side collection for these items.
 
HEAVY-DUTY CORRUGATED CARDBOARD
Heavy-duty corrugated cardboard such as packing cartons from household appliances and toys. 
 
BATTERIES

Rechargeable batteries and car batteries.  The label on the battery will indicate if it is rechargeable.  
Alkaline batteries are no longer considered hazardous waste and can be put into the trash.
 
TIRES
Car tires only.  Rims must be separated from the tire and recycled in a separate bin. No oversized tires are accepted.
 
WASTE OIL
There are two large drums in which waste oil can be dumped.
 
TEXTILES
Trans-America Textile Recycling Company has collection bins adjacent to the DPW/Recycling Center for clothing donations.
 
BRANCHES
Unbundled branches may be brought to the Recycling Center
Curbside collection is also available for branches that are bundled or in garbage cans. 

ITEMS THAT CANNOT BE BROUGHT TO THE RECYCLING CENTER

GRASS/LEAVES
The Recycling Center is not permitted to accept grass clippings or leaves at any time
Curbside pick-up only.  Please refer to the Recycling Calendar for specific collection days.
 
LATEX PAINT
Solid waste curbside pick-up only on regular garbage day(s).
Latex paint must be in solid form and may then be placed in your regular trash.  Paint can be air dried or paint hardener crystals can be purchased at the DPW Office for $1.50 per packet (one packet hardens 2/3 gallon) to speed the solidifying process. 
Other types of paint and varnishes are considered hazardous waste and must NOT be place in garbage. Please refer to the Bergen County Utilities Authority (BCUA) section below for disposal information.
 
PROPANE TANKS
Please refer to the Bergen County Utilities Authority (BCUA) section below for disposal information.
 
HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE AND TRASH
Solid waste curbside pick-up only on regular garbage day(s).
 
BULK/FURNITURE ITEMS (NON-METAL)
Solid waste curbside pick-up only on regular garbage day(s).
 
CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS
Residents are responsible for disposal of construction debris
Residents should ensure when using contractors that all construction generated debris is removed by the contractor. 
 
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE
The Bergen County Utilities Authority (BCUA) holds special collection events for Household Hazardous Waste (HHW).
 
For examples of HHW material the BCUA will accept at their HHW collection events, please refer to the BCUA section below (also refer to the ALTERNATIVE DISPOSAL OPTIONS section for items the BCUA cannot accept).  You can also contact the BCUA’s Hazardous Waste Hotline at 201- 807-5825 for advice and further information or visit the BCUA’s website: www.bcua.org.
HHW collection dates will be posted on the DPW’s bulletin board located in the lobby of the Borough Hall.

ASSOCIATION OF NEW JERSEY RECYCLERS (ANJR)

ANJR is a non-profit, non-partisan network whose mission is to serve as the voice of recycling in New Jersey through education, advocacy, and the promotion of professional standards.

ANJR firmly believes that New Jersey needs an integrated solid waste management plan, and will facilitate that plan with education and advocacy around the issues of Recycling, Source Reduction, Household Hazardous Waste Management and Composting.   For further information please visit the ANJR’s website: www.anjr.com.

GARBAGE & TRASH
(SOLID WASTE) COLLECTION

THE BOROUGH CONTRACTS WITH A PRIVATE HAULER FOR GARBAGE & TRASH (SOLID WASTE) CURBSIDE COLLECTION. THE DPW DOES NOT PICK-UP GARBAGE OR TRASH. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE HAULING COMPANY BEGINS GARBAGE PICK-UP AT 6:00 A.M.
 
PLEASE NOTE THESE ITEMS ARE COLLECTED CURBSIDE ONLY AND THEY ARE NOT ACCEPTED AT THE RECYCLING CENTER.

Please refer to the Borough’s Calendar for specific collection dates.

  1. SOLID WASTE COLLECTION GUIDELINES:
  • Garbage and trash is collected every Friday with the exception of June 1 through August 31 when collection is twice-weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Please refer to calendar.
  • Solid waste should be placed at the curb after 6 on the evening prior to collection day.
  • Residents must remove empty containers from the curbside by the evening of their collection day.  
  • Solid waste (garbage and trash must be properly bundled, bagged, tied or place in garbage receptacles.
  • Commercial size cans, cardboard boxes or biodegradable leaf bags are not acceptable containers for garbage.
  • Filled garbage cans cannot exceed 40 lbs.
Garbage allowance: up to five containers, four bags and one bulk item (Refer to Item 3. - Bulky Waste).
  1. LARGE ITEM/BULKY WASTE COLLECTION
  • Large items and/or bulky waste pick-up is on your regular solid waste collection day. One large item is permitted with each collection.
EXAMPLES OF PERMITTED LARGE ITEMS:
Sofas, chairs, desks, furniture, mattresses, and chairs, porcelain tubs and toilets.
  1. CARPET
  • Carpeting must be cut to 3 ft lengths and tied into bundles weighing less than forty (40) lbs. per bundle.  Place out no more than five (5) bundles at a time.
  1. PLASTIC GARBAGE CANS AND CHILDREN’S GARDEN TOYS
  • Place items curbside with a sign indicating the item is garbage.

CONTRACTOR/CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS
  • Construction-related debris/materials will NOT be picked up.  Residents are responsible for disposal.
  • Residents utilizing the services of a landscape or building contractor must ensure that the contractor removes all debris and materials they generate.  Debris or materials left by a contractor will be the responsibility of the resident to dispose of.

Please follow the following links for more information on recycling.
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